Illinois Charging Stations Now Accessible

The availability of what is becoming the nation’s largest network of fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations was announced yesterday by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC, and 7-Eleven, Inc.

As part of Gov. Quinn’s commitment to increasing sustainability across Illinois, the initiative will support the use of electric vehicles. Motorists can charge an electric vehicle in under 30 minutes using the current fast-chargers at 7-Eleven sites at four Tollway Oasis locations. This service will soon be available at all seven Tollway Oases.

Through the Chicago-Area EV Infrastructure Project, 26 fast-chargers have been installed, with 73 total fast-chargers planned. Eight of these are currently in place at Tollway Oases along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at the Des Plaines Oasis and on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) at the Lake Forest Oasis, O’Hare Oasis and Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis. The installations, managed by 350Green, were performed by Chicago-based JNS Power & Control Systems.

The City of Chicago is overseeing the project’s installation of 280 charging stations overall to increase accessibility to EV charging. With a budget of $8.8 million, including $1.9 million in public funding and $6.9 million in private investment, EV stations are being installed mostly in areas with dense residential and worker populations and in high-traffic areas.

Before plugging in to one of the Tollway’s fast-chargers, drivers must purchase a payment card from 350Green. The $21 card includes three 15-minute sessions at fast-charging stations.


  • Capt. Concernicus

    $21 for 45 mins. of charging?

    Seems a little expensive.

    It costs me $45 to fill up my Prius and I can get 480 miles.

    So if you get 80 miles in your Leaf in for a 15 min. charge then 45 mins. will get you 240 miles (3 charge times). So for $44 you could get 480 miles. Well you save $1 vs. me for the same # of miles and I only spent 10 mins. filling up vs. 1hr. and 30 mins. the EV guy spent recharging.

    Seems to me I still have the better end of that stick.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    $7 for an 80 mile charge is a bit high but you’ll pay it if you’re about to run out of juice in a pure EV/Leaf….

    MrEnergyCzar

  • Capt. Concernicus

    Yes, you will pay it if you’re about to run out.

    The good thing is that Illinois is charging this much because the state is in such dire economic straits that this extra cash will go towards paying down the billions of dollars in debt that it owes, right? That’s what they said when they sold the parking meters to a private company to manage. It would pay down some of the debt at no cost to the people. And I’m sure the state income tax that just went from 3% to 5% will go back down in a few years as they have promised us.

    Oh wait, that didn’t or won’t happen. Just looks like another way for the state of Illinois to rip it’s people off…again. Just ask our two former govenors. You can’t because they’re both in jail!

    All thanks to our corrupt Illinois politicians.

  • AP

    Chicago: Where drivers are always stopping to pay tolls, and tollways are always under construction!

    Seriously, how much gasoline is wasted stopping for toll booths, then accelerating back up to speed? The Sierra Club should lobby to outlaw them.

  • Derek

    When it comes to Electric cars, I think I have my Eyes on the “Chevy Volt”. I find its specifications very interesting and I think it will suite my budget.

    “Derek” for store bateau 

  • jones22

    It is so good to see that they are offering these stations. So many will be taking advantage of these so much. Keep up the good work. discount marine products