Infrastructure developing in Chicago
We mentioned back in February, the fact that the City of Chicago embraced the idea of electric vehicle technology, and wanted to be a front runner along this path. With a total of 280 station installations called for by the end of 2011, Chicago already has 40 Level 2 stations in place. Plans call for a total of 73 DC quick charging stations in the mix. This likely already puts Chicago ahead of San Diego in installed infrastructure. San Diego has seen the LEAF available since January but the majority of charging docks are still only those available at Nissan dealerships.
Speaking of LEAF availability, Chicago’s aggressive pursuit of infrastructure development has given Nissan cause to accelerate their plans to introduce the car to the Illinois market. According to senior Nissan exec Scott Becker “Chicago area leaders have paved the way for mass market adoption of electric cars”, and Nissan has chosen to move the introduction of the LEAF ahead to this fall due to this commitment.
350Green partnered with the city to implement the equipment installation. 350Green is partnering with a broad range of entities to ultimately create a national network of charge stations. These networks will be owned by 350Green and operated by the facility manager. The idea is that the consumer will be able to join the network and charge at any network equipment included in their subscription charge plan. So far plans such have this have been priced at a point that few would find palatable, but as alternatives present themselves market forces will determine ultimate price points.