Because the city of Chicago has been aggressive in developing an infrastructure of electric charging stations, Nissan accelerated distribution of the new electric Leaf and the Sun-Times reports (after an event in which Illinois Governor Pat Quinn test-drove a Leaf at the Field Museum) 750 Chicagoans have already ordered one.
“We want to be the electric vehicle capital of the United States,” Quinn said, adding he wants to make Interstate 55 into a “Land of Lincoln Electric Highway from Chicago to Springfield” with charging stations along the way.
The state already gives a $4,000 tax break to Illinoisans who buy an electric car. That’s on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit.
That brings the price of the Leaf down to $23,500.
Considering the electric equivalent of a tank of gas is about $4, compared to $60 or so to fill a 15-gallon-tank car with $4-a-gallon gas, the car could pay for itself.
If you are curious about where electric charging stations will go, this article includes a map of existing and planned stations in the Chicago area. The planning for electric automobiles touches on themes in several Roosevelt seminars, including SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, and Planning (offered this summer at the downtown campus) and SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change (offered this autumn online) may be of interest. For more information on these or any other of our courses, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.