WBEZ | electric cars http://www.wbez.org/tags/electric-cars Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Electric vehicle company to open local plant http://www.wbez.org/news/electric-vehicle-company-open-local-plant-104076 <p><p>An electric vehicle manufacturer says it will open its third American factory in Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://www.smithelectric.com/about-smith/overview/">Smith Electric Vehicles</a> makes and sells zero-emission commercial electric vehicles for industries like retail, grocery and delivery. The company already has two plants in the US: the company&#39;s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and a manufacturing facility in New York City.<br />Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he expects the company will bring at least 100 jobs to the city.</p><p>&quot;It does go to prove, for all those who have been skeptics that being pro-environmental is being pro-jobs and the two are not in conflict, they&rsquo;re complimentary,&quot; Emanuel said.<br /><br />The announcement comes on the heels of the city&rsquo;s new<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-hall-wants-diesel-drivers-swap-electric-vehicles-104047"> $15 million dollar incentive program</a> that the mayor hopes will encourage companies to convert from diesel fleets to electric ones.<br /><br />Some Chicago companies, such as <a href="http://www.testaproduce.com/">Testa Produce</a> on the city&rsquo;s South Side, already use Smith vehicles.<br /><br />The location of the new plant hasn&rsquo;t been decided yet.</p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/electric-vehicle-company-open-local-plant-104076 Chicago to get more electric car charging stations http://www.wbez.org/science/chicago-get-more-electric-car-charging-stations-98417 <p><p>Electric car drivers will soon have more stations at Chicago's airports where they can charge the vehicles.</p><p>The Chicago City Council approved the proposal to expand the number of electric charging stations Thursday.</p><p>O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport each will have six stations that can charge a vehicle in four to six hours and one station that can charge a vehicle in less than an hour.</p><p>A concession agreement lets the Chicago Department of Aviation collect a portion of revenue from the charging stations. CDA will be reimbursed for the cost of electricity as part of the revenue sharing agreement.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the charging stations are an example of his administration's commitment to make Chicago a green city.</p></p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:44:33 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/science/chicago-get-more-electric-car-charging-stations-98417 Quinn vetoes power grid bill, praises electric cars http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-vetoes-power-grid-bill-praises-electric-cars-91089 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/Nissan leaf electric car_Flickr_Mariordo59.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn praised Nissan for beginning to sell its all-electric car in Illinois and at the same time again vowed to veto a power grid bill.</p><p>The bill would let electric companies raise their rates to help pay for modernizing the state's power grid.</p><p>Quinn said Thursday that vetoing the bill won't impact the rollout of more electric cars. He has criticized it for raising rates. He says the measure needs improvement, something that can be worked out after he vetoes what lawmakers passed.</p><p>Quinn made his comments at a news conference to announce Nissan would begin delivering its new car, called the Leaf, to people from Illinois who ordered them by the fall. The car already has been released in some American and global markets.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-vetoes-power-grid-bill-praises-electric-cars-91089 Should city stickers be free for electric cars? http://www.wbez.org/story/city-stickers/should-city-stickers-be-free-electric-cars-85157 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-13/P1000555.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago alderman wants to give owners of electric and hybrid cars a break on the cost of their city sticker. But under the plan, owners of most other vehicles would pay more than they do now.<br> <br> Ald. Joe Moreno of the First Ward said the move could bring the city an extra $21 million a year.<br> <br> "Right now, we don't really have enough of a deliniation between a motorcycle and a Hummer," said Moreno, who introduced the proposed ordinance at Wednesday's City Council meeting. "And I just think it's fair that the hybrid vehicle, the smaller vehicle, pays less than they do today. And the Hummer, the larger vehicles, the gas-guzzling ones that are harder on our streets, make the potholes, take up more room, pay more."<br> <br> Owners of regular passenger cars would pay $20 more for their sticker than they do now. Moreno said he is open to amending the plan to temporarily protect owners of old clunkers from the price hike.<br> <br> Meantime, city stickers would be free for electric cars, while those for small hybrids would cost only $25.<br> <br> The proposal now goes to a city council committee.</p></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/city-stickers/should-city-stickers-be-free-electric-cars-85157