Electric vehicle charging stations could be boost for small towns along Illinois highways

Electric vehicle owners plan meals and shopping around their vehicle-charging stops. Charging stations would be a business magnet.

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A driver uses a fast-charging station for electric vehicles at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on April 2, 2021.

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I have owned and driven an electric vehicle exclusively for almost two years. My experience says that while the electric charging station infrastructure in Chicago and the suburbs is okay, our state really falls down once you start driving south and west. Given that the majority of electric vehicle owners charge their vehicles at home, the real robust need for charging stations is away from major population centers.

Along the state’s highways, there is great room for improvement. Lawmakers need to understand that installing a Level 3 charger draws someone to their community for longer than a quick fill-up. Electric vehicle owners often plan meals and shopping around their stops. This can be a business magnet for any community that installs the equipment.

Don Anderson, Oak Park

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