Faster car-charging station added to Uptown Station parking deck

2012-08-27T14:11:00Z 2012-08-27T22:36:30Z Faster car-charging station added to Uptown Station parking deckBy Pantagraph staff
August 27, 2012 2:11 pm  • 

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.

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(11) Comments

  1. GoEV
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    GoEV - September 11, 2012 7:22 pm
    How much does the ToN save by switching some of their ICE to EV? It provides the town with a great opportunity to attract a new demographic to the area. The savings in vehicle costs plus the grants from the stimulus package helped to make this and all the other AE projects around the area.

    We wouldn't have all the wind towers and Solyndra(6 billion dollars in new business) wouldn't be re-opening their plant here in IL.

    Currently with the $7500 federal tax credit and the "up to $4000" IL AEV program that drops the price some $11,500. What's a miEV cost? $29k...ish. That will make the price $17.5k, right in the ballpark of the Corolla and their ilk.

    The real problem is that people seem to feel that no policy or decisions are good decisions unless I get everything the other side gets.

    As a condition of receiving the grant money to install the chargers, they're required to keep them free for 5 years at which point they can charge a fee.

  2. rusty shackleford the 2nd
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    rusty shackleford the 2nd - August 28, 2012 9:27 am
    That's fine that it costs a $1.00 to $1.50 to charge an electric car. Provide me with the quart of gasoline that that same money would buy when i pull into a town space. Think of the outrage if that were to happen.
  3. navysvo
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    navysvo - August 28, 2012 7:56 am
    More Obama-nomics hard at work.....ultimate fail. He couldn't find his kiester with both his hands in his back pockets...
  4. outoftowner
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    outoftowner - August 28, 2012 7:49 am
    Lets not forget that the Obama administration gave a Swdish company half a billion dollars in stimulus money to build electric cars in Sweden. Stimulus money that was supposed to create American jobs, yet this company did not create a single American job because the administration did not do any due diligence and it was found (after the company got the money, of course) that no auto plant in the US could manufacture the cars.

    What's more, the electric cars that they are building cost about $95,000 each, so nobody but the hated 1% can even afford the things. Who is it that's favoring the rich, again?
  5. Bruinsfan
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    Bruinsfan - August 28, 2012 3:26 am
    How do you figure that the cost would pretty much be $0? The 38 charging stations alone cost thousands of dollars. I don't really care if it is only a dime. Taxpayers should not be paying for electricity for electric cars period. Again sudsidizing the rich.
  6. Mater
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    Mater - August 27, 2012 9:19 pm
    Did you know that Chevy Volt buyers are among the wealthiest Americans? $170,000 per year annual salary. Did you know that hard-working tax payers are forced to help these top 7% pay for their electric cars? $7,500 each. The White House would like to increase that to $10,000 which could be as much as 10 billion total by 2015. Would that be trickle up economics?
  7. Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor
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    Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor - August 27, 2012 6:49 pm
    It costs about $1 or $1.50 to charge a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i. Given that there aren't that many cars out there that won't be charged at home in the Twin Cities, and won't need to be filled up at this charging station, the cost to the city is pretty much $0.
  8. perfume river
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    perfume river - August 27, 2012 5:23 pm
    I have to question government freely supplying the means for one group of car owners to propel themselves while ignoring all others. In this situation it should everyone or no one. The fact that these cars can only travel a few miles w/o a recharge isn't the business of government. At least put a very expensive meter on them to encourage these electric car owners to better plan their travels. This is not the business of taxpayers. Where's the less government GOP on this?
  9. gabeski
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    gabeski - August 27, 2012 4:21 pm
    Should say "you certainly shouldn't be getting free fuel" Sorry
  10. gabeski
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    gabeski - August 27, 2012 4:20 pm
    Well Captain it is not just Normal taxpayers that are footing the bill it is all of us , and like you I can't wait for the free gas pumps to open up to save me money. By the way have you checked out the price of these EV cars, if you can aford one of these autos you certainly be getting free fuel !!!!!!!
  11. Captain
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    Captain - August 27, 2012 2:34 pm
    Well, this is just lovely! And I'm sure that the Route 66 crowd will be waiting in line to charge their vehicles. Thanks to the Normal taxpayers for subsidizing the electric vehicle owners.
    I am waiting for a free gas pump so that I can take advantage of the Normal taxpayers too!
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