Four Tollway Oases get eight chargers
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the official opening of these stations yesterday. Ultimately all seven Tollway Oases will offer fast charging, with one fast charger being available in either direction. The four active locations host eight stations and are at the 7-Eleven stores at the Des Plaines Oasis, Lake Forest Oasis, O’Hare Oasis and Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis.
26 fast chargers have been installed of a total 73 units planned. 280 stations are slated for installation, including 240-volt Level 2 charging docks throughout the greater Chicago area. The installation is being overseen by the Chicago-Area EV Infrastructure Project.
350Green will be the operator of the DC fast charge stations. In order to use the stations, a pre-paid card must be purchased to provide access. The card costs $21 for three 15-minute charging sessions. With rates like this, we don’t see these as everyday use devices. The Fact Sheet does not provide any additional information, such as if one uses only a portion of the 15 minutes are the remaining minutes still available. At that rate, $7 will get you about 40 miles down the road in a LEAF. If you drive a gasoline powered car that averages 20 miles per gallon, the cost equivalent would be the same as gasoline at $3.50 per gallon. With residential electricity in the Chicago area priced at about $0.15 per kilowatt hour, it should cost roughly $2 to cover that same distance were one to charge at home. Given that, we would think most will be reluctant to use the fast chargers on a daily basis. It will be interesting to see the level of usage seen by these stations over time.
If any of our Illinois readers would care to comment, we would like to hear your opinion.