CHICAGO - Last week Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC and 7-Eleven Inc. announced the availability of the nation€™s largest network of fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations.
"We want Illinois to be the greenest state in America," Quinn said. "By installing the largest network of cutting edge fast-chargers, Illinois will continue to support green jobs and provide people with environmentally friendly and affordable travel options."
Partnerships with EV charging station hosts such as 7-Eleven have been key to the rollout of the network across the state. 7-Eleven convenience stores at four of the Illinois Tollway Oases now have dedicated space for fast-charging stations.
"Our support for electric vehicle charging stations is a perfect fit with our commitment to providing travelers with the things that make their trip more enjoyable €" whether it€™s our coffee, energy drinks or variety of fresh food products we offer at our stores," said 7-Eleven Market Manager Tim Hale. "Now we offer the most advanced charging technology to people driving the most advanced vehicles."
Through the Chicago-Area EV Infrastructure Project, 26 fast-chargers have been installed, with 73 total fast-chargers planned. Eight of these are currently in place at Tollway Oases along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at the Des Plaines Oasis and on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) at the Lake Forest Oasis, O€™Hare Oasis and Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis.
Before plugging in to one of the Tollway€™s fast-chargers, drivers must purchase a payment card from 350Green. The $21 card includes three 15-minute sessions at fast-charging stations.