Drive Electric Chicago
Welcome to the City of Chicago’s one stop shop for information on plug-in electric vehicles!
What are plug-in electric vehicles?
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are motor vehicles that are powered either entirely or partially by rechargeable batteries. These batteries are recharged when connected to the electric grid, meaning you can charge your car from the comfort of your own home! Depending on the charging station, a full charge can take anywhere from 18 hours to only 30 minutes. When fully charged, a PEV is more than capable of making the average Chicagoan’s 22 mile daily commute.
How to install EV charging stations at home:
The City also has 2 page quick reference guides specifically for building managers and residents. Click the links below:
- Your property (building manager)
- Your apartment or condo (tenant)
How to prepare for charging electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles:
Locate the closest public charging station to you at: https://cleancities.energy.gov/coalitions/chicago
- Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center: www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity.html
- Including a PEV Handbook for Consumers: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/pdfs/51226.pdf