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First downstate EV "quick charge" available in Normal

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:41:40 CDT
By: Willis Kern

First downstate EV
The Twin Cities' first electric vehicle "quick charge" station is now available in Normal. A level-3 charging station is the first of its kind in Illinois outside Chicago and is located on the second level of the Uptown Station parking deck. Town of Normal Planner Mercy Davison says the quick charge level-3 station provides an 80% battery charge in about a half an hour.

"It really takes 20 to 30 minutes. We've charged our town-owned vehicles on it and it works beautifully. My friend with a Leaf has used it and it worked great. You can just walk away and let it do its thing and grab lunch and come back and it's ready to go."

Davison says, due to technology and design, the quick charge station is only compatible with the Mitsubishi i and Nissan Leaf. She says EVs are given a two hour limit to park at the charging pump. The cost of the quick charge unit is $48,000. That compares to about $1,500 for each of the 37 level-2 stations that charge a battery fully in 6-8 hours. Davison says there are about 11 more level-2 stations to be located in Bloomington-Normal. All of the charging stations are funded through a federal Department of Energy grant.


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