Center Square Legislators Pass Legislation To Promote Electric Vehicles

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gov. Pat Quinn signing a pair of electric vehicle bills on Saturday. To the right of Gov. Quinn stands Rep. Ann Williams and Sen. Heather Steans. Photo from Center for Neighborhood Technology.

On Saturday morning Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Heather Steans (D-7) and State Rep. Ann Williams (D-11) that allows car sharing groups like I-Go and ZipCar to receive state subsidies for electric vehicles. The measure extends a subsidy program already in place for vehicles that use ethanol and other alternative fuels.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will offer grants worth up to 25 percent of a project’s total cost.

Williams was also the sponsor of another bill signed by Gov. Quinn on Saturday that creates a state policy committee that will investigate ways to promote the development of electric vehicles in Illinois.

“This package of bills is designed to promote and expedite the continued development of the electric car industry in Illinois. We are making important strides forward by increasing the number of environmentally-friendly transportation options for the average Illinoisan,” said Rep. Williams in a press release. “We really are at the beginning stages of this important and promising technology.”

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