CHICAGO -- I-GO Car Sharing, a nonprofit car-sharing organization in Chicago, has launched a $2.5 million electric vehicle project that will add 36 all-electric vehicles to its fleet and 18 solar charging stations that will be publicly accessible.
Once completed, I-GO said, the group will have the largest electric car fleet in the Midwest.
“I-GO is committed to being at the forefront of car sharing technology and sustainability, and providing pollution-free electric vehicles to our members is part of that commitment,” said Sharon Feigon, CEO of I-GO.
This EV infrastructure project has drawn grant funds from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Chicago Area Clean Cities Partnership and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.
I-GO on Nov. 30 announced the locations of 11 solar-powered EV charging stations throughout the Chicago region, including several JEWEL-OSCO stores, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Village of Oak Park, the city of Evanston and Uncommon Ground restaurant. The remaining seven locations will be announced soon, I-GO said. The canopies will be installed in early 2012.
Each solar charging station will form a canopy that covers four parking spaces and will be able to refuel two electric vehicles. Two spaces will be reserved for I-GO at each location, and the others will be available to the public. Each canopy will be topped with 44 solar panels, representing a capacity of 10 kilowatts.
The company 350Green will install the solar canopies. Here are the announced locations: