Earlier, I scoffed at the man doing public service by advocating for cheaper gas. Today, I praise a similar program.
My town, Normal, IL, has positioned itself as an EVTown (Electronic Vehicle Town). The city has purchased electric cars for its fleet and encouraged others to do so as well. They have created incentives for citizens to by EVs, and even arranged for them to be able to get cars from Mitsubishi earlier than anyone else.
The best plan – free vehicle charging around town for the foreseeable future. That means, if one charged entirely at these stations, “one could expect to save $5,400 over eight years driving a total of 64,000 miles.” That is an incentive that could get people on board – add this to the $7,500 tax credit and the $29,125 becomes suddenly affordable to own and operate. This is a perfect second car (in a country where every family owns two cars): one car to drive distances and the other to go to work and the grocery store.
My applause to Chris Koos and all the others at City Hall who have worked to create the possibility for real change.
You can find any EV charging stations near you using this Dept. of Energy Map.