The City of Lincoln was one of eight communities recently named by the State of Illinois as part of the “Illinois Route 66 Electric Corridor,” a new network of charging stations to be established along historic Rt. 66.
The Illinois Route 66 Electric Corridor will connect communities along the 300-mile stretch from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River with a network of high-power electric vehicle (‘EV”) charging stations.
Installation of the charging stations will begin this month at some locations, with targeted completion of the entire project by summer 2015. The statewide project will cost the State of Illinois approximately $1 million.
In a news release, Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder says the city is excited to be included in this project.
The Mayor addst the City is hoping to place the donated charging stations at the restored Lincoln Depot next year as that facility once again becomes a hub for transportation needs.
Mayor Snyder adds-quote-“This combined charging capacity is great news for electric vehicle commuters and tourists as well as the City,” -end quote.
The other cities named as part of the Corridor were Plainfield, Dwight, Pontiac, Normal, Springfield, Carlinville, and Edwardsville. Each of the communities on the Corridor will receive at least one fast charging station capable of charging vehicles with either CHAdeMO or SAE connectors within 15-20 minutes and one Level 2 charging station capable of charging most electric vehicles in 3-4 hours.