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Chicago Plans Most-Electrified City in the US?

Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:08 am

The City of Chicago is promising 280 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2011. The $8.9 million project will have a large proportion of stations with DC quick chargers, that can charge up to 80% battery capacity in about 30 minutes (this is the type of charging Nissan has recently stated can shorten the useful life of your battery pack).

Currently, quick-charge capability is limited to the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The Ford Focus Electric is capable of adding 20 miles of range per hour at Level 2 but will not be equipped with a quick-charge port.

Though locations aren't finalized, they will likely be in shopping centers, Airport parking lots, and tollways.
Here is a map from the Chicago Auto Show shoing installations on major interstates:
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There are currently no plans for curbside chargers because of the length of time required to obtain permits etc. The plan is to install curbside chargers eventually, it's just a slower process that's being worked on.

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2011 ... tions.html

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