NORMAL — A Level 3 DC Quick Charge station is open in the Uptown Station parking deck, allowing electric car owners the opportunity to charge their vehicles’ batteries to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
The station, the first of its kind in Illinois outside the Chicago area, is located on the deck’s second level.
“Being able to charge mid-day in 20 to 30 minutes really opens up the potential range of an electric vehicle in a day,” EVTown Task Force chairman Joe Mikulecky said in a press release issued Monday. “Travelers along Old Route 66 will find it particularly appealing as they plan their trip along the interstate corridor.”
Of the electric vehicles currently on the street, the Mitsubishi “i” and the Nissan Leaf are compatible with the Level 3 charging station that is free to use; however, there is a charge to park in the deck after the first hour and there is a 2-hour time limit on the Level 3 charging station parking space.
Besides the new Level 3 station, there are 37 Level 2 stations located throughout the Bloomington-Normal area. Another 11 are slated for installation this fall, said the town. All the stations were purchased with grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Energy and Conservation Block Grant Program.
The goal of the Bloomington-Normal EVTown Task Force, comprised of community leaders in business, education, government and labor, is to prepare the community for EV technology through education, support for EV infrastructure, and promotion of EV technology.