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Re: Chicagoland area

Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:24 am

... most Electrified City in U.S.?


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


"The city of Chicago and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today announced one of the most ambitious electric-vehicle infrastructure projects in the country, promising 280 charging stations in the city and surrounding region by the end of 2011."

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They mention a charging station now in place at O'Hare Airport ... it's only been a month or so since I was down there (for a meeting at the Hilton so did short-term parking) anyone see where it is and more importantly if it was being used? (would be limited to a Tesla or press-pass Volt or home-built)?
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Re: Chicagoland area

Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:54 pm

Looks like a complete lack of QC stations on freeways, and at freeway intersections. These appear to be mostly shop-n-charge type locations.
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Re: Chicagoland area

Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:24 am

garygid wrote:Looks like a complete lack of QC stations on freeways, and at freeway intersections. These appear to be mostly shop-n-charge type locations.

We actually don't have many 'freeways' to speak of; most everyone who travels in and out of the city (by car) carries an iPass for our toll roads, just a way of life out here. I'm sure at the toll oasis' they'll have Level 3 chargers otherwise they won't get used much! Level 2 at the airports would be fine as most would go away for a day or so at least. In my case a LEAF would be able to easily do a round trip without the need for a charge while it sat waiting for my return at O'Hare; Midway is 72.4 mile round trip so would feel much more comfortable if they had them there --- don't use Midway much so not a real problem.
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Re: Chicagoland area

Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:34 am

Chicago aims to be the most electrified city in the U.S. (from Car Blog Canada)

Interesting that this came out of Canada; a bit of a rehash of an earlier posting but a bit more information.

Nice photo of the new BMW Series 1 EV but why mention it if its not initially coming to Chicago?

http://cbcnewsreport.com/2011/04/10/chi ... n-the-u-s/

I still think the Focus EV will beat the LEAF to Chicago but either one is still at least half-year away from us!
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Re: Chicagoland area

Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:01 am

At least we are finally seeing some efforts in this area to accommodate us early adopters of the EV revolution. Now we just need the cars. :D

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Re: Chicagoland area

Tue May 03, 2011 6:24 am

More news out of Chicago; interesting aspect (although not mentioned anywhere) as this feature was done here, neither the LEAF or Volt is available for purchase or lease here, '12 ICE Focus are trickling in, no mention of their EV version coming out either -- taking the train to downtown versus driving anything is my own personal preference regardless versus the crawl on the expressway, they also don't calculate it but you also have to GET to the train station (must assume you must walk from your starting point and end point on both sides I'm guessing) which typically cost $2/day to park out in the NW 'burbs as well as the bit of gas/electric you would use to get from home to the station and of course any transport (bus/taxi) on the other end. In any case it's good to see some exposure even before we get ANY EV's out this way and although cost shouldn't be the only factor this was at least interesting --- no discussion of 'range anxiety' per se, but this long commuter would have an issue during the worse winter months with a LEAF unless they were able to supplement getting a charge downtown (which there are actually will be quite a few planned). For the more typical 'burb to 'burb transport, the LEAF should fair much better --

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

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Re: Chicagoland area

Wed May 04, 2011 5:31 am

Now we have a bit of video -- at the end of this segment they say that the LEAF and Volt will be available 'by December' -- again nothing new but with all the more recent issues (i.e, earthquake, radiation leaks closing down paint additive factory, etc., etc.) it's doubtful --- most interesting to me is that they show an IL 'carscom' license plate on the front of the Volt featured -- must have bought it elsewhere and brought it back to IL; regardless we still have the highest gas prices in U.S. -- I saw premium at $5.09 today!! :

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/05/03/ ... tric-cars/
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Re: Chicagoland area

Wed May 04, 2011 8:24 am

It seems like the Ford Focus will actually be the first Big Name EV in the area. Since it has a system to help moderate the temperature around the battery, it may be the best choice for our area. I haven't heard what the Mitsubishi i Miev is going to do about battery temperature, but they also may beat Chevy and Nissan to our area.

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Re: Chicagoland area

Wed May 04, 2011 8:37 am

Hard to say who will be actually first ... as mentioned elsewhere on this forum, you can also put in a reservation for the i-MiEV although their expected rollout is 2012 for IL:


http://i.mitsubishicars.com/faq/availability

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
Finalize your Mitsubishi i order by: 1/1/12
Receive it by: 4/30/12

I would bet that the Ford Focus EV will be first in Chicago but little if any more information has been available as of late -- there was someone who 'spotted' a Focus EV at Union Station (another poster on the Focus EV forum said they thought it was in D.C.)

It is at least encouraging to see actual dates posted for ANY EV for IL but 4/30/12 is just now under a YEAR away!
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Re: Chicagoland area

Thu May 05, 2011 6:11 am

As we have so few news for Chicago, I'm going to continue to post here as I find anything relevant for the future LEAF owners that they may have not found themselves -- if the moderators have an issue I'm sure they'll let us know

In light of the recent cars.com comparison test (Focus ICE, LEAF, Volt and Train) I did a bit more digging into their blog and came across this interesting factoid -- cars.com bought their LEAF in TN and then apparently shipped, paid tax and registered it in IL. While that fact isn't so amazing, it is something that I'm planning to post a question/comment on as EVENTUALLY I hope to get my own. In IL, for many years, they've listed the registration and plates for EV's at a significant discount and at least when cars.com registered their Volt (which as we all know is NOT a pure electric) the fees were the same as they were for the LEAF:

'The Cyber Gray Metallic Volt is loaded, with the Premium Trim Package, a backup camera and front and rear sonar parking assist. With all the options and a destination charge, the $40,280 standard car came to $43,105. After taxes and a one-way registration from our dealership, Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, Calif., it came to $47,392.
Illinois registration and tagging added $241.
Total: $47,633.

Our Blue Ocean Leaf is the higher trim level, the SL, with a list price of $33,720. Options include the quick-charge port, a bumper protection package and floormats. Our out-the-door price at Action Nissan in Nashville, Tenn., was $36,014. That's before paying Illinois taxes of $2,611. Illinois registration and tagging will be the same $241.
Total:$38,866'

Not sure how the $241 breaks down as the new title fee is $95 and new plates are $99 (if you want the title expedited its $30 and perhaps they went to a Currency Exchange which has their own fees) ... to register an EV in IL, the fee should only be $18/year or $35 for 2-years (Nissan even lists this benefit on the public LEAF site) so why are they the same?

http://www.nissanusa.com/ev/media/pdf/i ... ive-84.pdf
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