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Glen Ellyn Charges into the Future ... of Electric Cars

The Village of Glen Ellyn will soon be installing an electric car charging station in a downtown parking lot.

Expecting the number of residents who will own electric vehicles will only increase in the future, the Village of Glen Ellyn is taking a green step forward. 

Soon, an electric charging station will be installed at a public parking lot downtown, which will allow an electric vehicle owner to park and plug in. 

The first charging station in the village will be installed later this month, said Julius Hansen, the village’s public works director. A contractor is lined up to do the work to install the charging station, which should take one day to complete.

The charging station will be located at the parking lot at Glenwood Avenue and Crescent Boulevard, he said. It will be installed in the southeast corner of the lot. 

Through a grant from the state of Illinois, the Village of Glen Ellyn will be paying half of the $7,500 cost for the charging station, he said.

“The way we are proposing it, at the beginning it will be free and they [car owners] can charge their car as long as they want,” Hansen said. “We want to make it free and get people interested.”

Not many municipalities offer electric car charging, Hansen said. In June 2012, there were roughly 8,000 public charging stations throughout the United States, with 2,000 found in California, according to Wikipedia

The number of residents who own electric cars was uncertain, he said, adding the expectation is that once the village puts the charger in electric vehicle owners will begin to take advantage of the opportunity.

“It will make it more convenient for people to use their car,” he said.

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Dr Silicon October 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
That's really nice BUT... Since 1/2 our energy still comes from burning coal, buying a electric car at this point is much like driving steam driven truck heated by bed full of coal. Another brilliant way for a bankrupt state to spend money.
Conservative taxpayer October 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
It's only $3750 plus the cost of the power, but what a waste of tax payer money! Wouldn't the owner of an electric car have his own plug in his own garage? Why do we ALL have to pay for it?
JPWhite October 05, 2012 at 11:33 PM
A person who never had children could argue that they shouldn't have to pay for schools. We all pay for the spending of the local government on things we may NEVER use. That's the system, don't like it? Move. On the other hand some get great utility from this. The cost of the power can be borne by the property owner or charged to the vehicle owner. It's the property owners choice. Don't assume it'll be free forever, they are trying to make it attractive to own an EV.
Dr Silicon October 06, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I have to agree with the Conservative on this, it's a waste of tax payer money. I frankly believe we should let supply and demand and the free marker decide the winners and the losers. Additionally Illinois is BROKE and even seeking federal bailouts who are also BROKE. It's time to start making some hard decisions and spending tax payer money we don't have to make it attractive for an individual to own a EV, just can't be high on anyone's priority list. Glen Ellyn along with the state needs to start considering, my neighbor and I have been in a pay freeze for several years, one is laid off, and other just had his insurance dropped. It's not time for the library to invent new purposes to justify the expense or the park district to create things to do with the money that's apparently burning a hole in their pocket. I suspect my neighborhood is not unique It's time to tighten the belt and if possible provide some relief.
Jeffrey Gahris October 06, 2012 at 02:41 AM
This is an example of something that could have used more public input first. I would vote for more bike racks which have been heavily used by the train station. (Yes, I know it's getting cold.) It's funny that we spend hundreds of thousands dollars of public money on maintaining parking because it is perceived to be essential public benefit. We could say, "let the private sector pay for all of it" - and for the snow removal, too - and let's see what happens.
Steve EV October 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
A local resident that owns an electric vehicle will charge primarily at home and occasionally at a public station. Notice that since gas stations are not involved the family budget will allow for more local purchases, perhaps near a public charge station. Since I started driving an EV, a local restaurant with a charge station has gained much more of my business. I meet friends for lunch and use about twenty five cents of electricity. Most of those visits I don't need a charge so I leave the charger open for someone who does. For this restaurant, the free charger brings more customers and costs less than a weekly drawing for a free meal.
Dr Silicon October 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Now THAT's the American way, free enterprise at work!

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