Chicago gets $15 million grant for electric vehicles and charging stationsStaff Writer | October 12, 2017
The Drive Electric Chicago program received a major boost today from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) approval of a $15.5 million federal grant for new charging stations and almost 200 electric vehicles (EV’s).
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This decision by CMAP provides $15.5 million in funding from the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program that will allow for the investment in 182 EV’s that will be added to the City’s vehicle fleet, plus nine DC-Fast Charging stations, and 182 Level 2 charging stations.
These investments put the City of Chicago on track to attain the goal of a passenger fleet that is 25 percent EV by 2023.
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will install, operate, and maintain 80 Level 2 and 20 Fast Chargers at O'Hare International Airport (O’Hare) and Chicago Midway International Airport (Midway).
Charging access at both international airports will enable efficient recharging of Chicago’s growing number of electric taxicabs, limousines, shuttles, and rideshare vehicles serving the airports’ 100 million plus passengers each year.
Additionally, CDA will operate a fleet of 6 electric shuttle buses to service airport parking facilities, including the new Consolidated Rental Car facility, replacing an existing diesel-operated service.
The buses will be supported by at least 2 fast charging stations. The e-shuttle fleet will be in operation 24-hours a day.
The sustainability effort will improve the fuel efficiency of the City’s fleet, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support broader adoption of electric vehicles.
Officials estimate the program is estimated to reduce petroleum use by 32,906 barrels, greenhouse gas emissions by 10,421 tons, the equivalent of carbon sequestered from 12,300 acres of U.S. forest in one year.
The development of a robust charging network for City fleet vehicles enables the Department of Fleet and Facility Management to electrify portions of the light- and medium-duty fleet including all City flex fleet vehicles.
Electrifying the Flex Fleet program will provide over 1300 City employees with first-hand EV driving experience. ■