A press release from the Village of Algonquin:
Downtown Renovation Brings Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Two new electric vehicle charge stations were recently installed and activated as a part of the infrastructure improvements included in the Old Town Algonquin reconstruction. The two Charging stations are located at 106 S. Main St. and 302 S. Main St. in Old Town Algonquin.
“The electric vehicle charging stations are a wonderful way for our community to express our devotion to both our community and environmental well-being,” said Village President John Schmitt.
“By creating the opportunity for those who have electric vehicles to charge them while visiting our downtown, we are opening doors that were once closed to our visitors and residents, as well as creating new opportunity for our local businesses.”
The charging stations are owned by the Village; however, they are operated and maintained by ChargePoint, an organization which operates the largest network of electric vehicle charging stations.
To use the charging stations, residents and visitors will first have to register with ChargePoint online or through their mobile app.
The electric vehicle charging station installation is in line with the decades of environmental leadership initiatives that the Village has undertaken.
The Arbor Day Foundation has named Algonquin a Tree City USA community for 22 consecutive years. Over the past 12 years the Village has undertaken over 135 acres of native restoration projects. And in 2017 the Village was honored by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus with an award recognizing Algonquin as a statewide leader in environmental stewardship.
For additional information and use of the system, please visit www.algonquin.org/EV.
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Mayor John Schmitt adds,
You asked about the cost of charging cars. Algonquin is investing in the infrastructure and doing a facelift of our downtown.
A major investment in our beautiful village. Providing for our businesses and residents is our job and I could not be more proud.
Algonquin is fortunate to have a true downtown and the investment is already showing results with three new businesses investing in properties.
Our goal in investing in our downtown is to create a space for our businesses to thrive and our residents to enjoy family and friends.
Just like pavers and landscaping, and benches, having charging stations are an enticement to bring people to Algonquin.
Yes, Algonquin is paying the cost of the charge.
To charge a full sized Tesla, overnight, is less than $10.
For an average plugin to charge for a two hour, $100, visit to a restaurant would be in the neighborhood of $2, a great investment for our businesses.