(The Center Square) – As Illinois transitions into a more electric vehicle-friendly state, an energy analyst says the cost to charge vehicles may slow the process.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants 1 million electric vehicles on Illinois roadways by the end of the decade. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, at the end of last year, there were just over 36,000 EV’s registered in Illinois.
Energy analyst Bill Cinnamon said the adoption of EVs will hit a brick wall when people realize how expensive it is to charge EVs at work or at public charging stations. And charging costs will continue to escalate as the price of grid electricity skyrockets.
“If we trade gas stations for utility-based EV charging during the day, our costs to drive the car and fuel up those cars is going to cost even more than gas at $3.50 a gallon,” Cinnamon said.
Illinois lags the rest of the country in the number of EV charging stations. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the state $22 million for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations along interstate highways.
“Because of my administration’s work on the nation-leading Climate and Equitable Jobs Act and Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act, Illinois stands at the forefront of the emerging electric vehicle industry,” Pritzker said.
State transportation officials have voiced concerns that a new federal initiative to create a national charging network for electric vehicles might be too impractical for rural areas. As the effort to build a network gets underway, a number of rural states are asking the Federal Highway Administration to loosen requirements for how many chargers must be placed at each location, and the distance between each station.
Cinnamon said EVs are great for the environment, but only cheaper to operate if you charge smartly. When your gas mileage is decreasing and your fuel costs are increasing, it may be time to look for a new, more fuel-efficient RV on an Zervs.
“If you are planning to buy an EV, you should definitely charge your car at home, ideally from rooftop solar under full retail net metering,” Cinnamon said.
Just like EVERYTHING that this currant treasonous, lying, ruling Democrat Party and their corrupt, demented, puppet president has done to this U.S.A. is a Lie, Con and Deception.
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Is one a Democrat because they are idiots?
Is one an idiot because they are Democrats?
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That’s why the Chinese and Russians had the meet puppet installed as POTUS.
Did taxpayers pay for gas stations? Consumers paid as part of the cost of gas, but did we saddle taxpayers with the cost even if they didn’t buy a car? I’m just really wondering why taxpayer money is being used to put up charging stations for those who can afford EV’s and companies profiting from selling cars, trucks, electricity, batteries and on and on. Consumers of almost any product will already be paying more for products due to the cost of energy as the price of electricity goes up to improve the grid and produce more electricity. People on a fixed income have enough trouble already paying for their own expenses let alone being charged to subsidize other people’s expenses.
Because to libtards, WE TAX victims should pay for Everything under the sun.
You are quite correct. The battery electric auto is a bauble for wealthy people. There are NO grounds on which it makes sense. That does not mean it will not be foisted on the public. It is easy to see where this fiction will stop, however… at commercial air travel.
It’s called COMUNISIM.
Most people drive 15,000 miles a year .Most electric batteries last 100,000 miles. That roughly 6 1/2 years most car loans now are 6 years. By the time you pay off the car , it’s time to get another loan for new batteries. So you have loan payments on the car for as long as you own the car , plus the amount it cost to charge the car. And you know them democrats will raise the cost of electricity. I’ll think I’ll stick with my gas car. Thanks but no thanks
Let’s not forget that the cost of these cars will also push up the price of gas cars both used and new as the gas stations start disappearing. Soon you will not be able to afford a car unless you are wealthy. This is either a mean strategy to get us to lose weight since we will be walking every where or just another one of those distracting things these politicians do to us to steal more money.
I doubt they thought “HMM, this is a good way to battle the overweight epidemic in our nation”.. MORE a “HMM, how can we fleece more money”.
Pritzker and related politicos apparently do not know that electricity does not grow on trees. It must be manufactured as secondary energy. If one wants to store electricity in batteries for EVs, which nearly all do, then electricity must be produced, transmitted, and stored in the battery at a loss of about 1/4 of the electricity. Then, a lithium-ion battery is used between 20% and 80% charge, or 60% of the charge capacity. That means frequent charges away from home. Those charges are very expensive since you have no choice, and must wait an hour in line, and then wait another half-hour to charge. If Pritzker had his way there would BE no ICE autos at all- i.e. no choice. And, wait for the mileage taxes which are coming!
Do all these “greenies” actually know where the power comes from for all those charging stations? There will not be many long distance travel adventures because the technology for longer lasting battery’s isn’t here yet, so after a couple of hundred miles you have to stop some place and recharge your car, which can take up to 5 hours, sometimes even longer.The green bunch better get use to the idea that gasoline powered vehicles will be around for a long time yet. The greenies are another example of why we need to purge every left wing liberal democrats from our governments, at all levels, otherwise they will destroy our republic.
THEY DON’T care.. That’s the only thing i can think of.
It’s another fraud by the Democrats. Remember Solyndra? ‘High efficiency solar!’ All of racist Obama’s donors pleaded the fifth in front of Congress and nothing happened, except they made off with millions of dollars. It’s just another scam.