An Illinois Filled With Electric Cars?

I recently had the opportunity to visit a renewable energy training field in Illinois (stay tuned for the full story…) where I saw three different kinds of electric vehicle charging stations, a solar carport, and of course, an electric vehicle, all on display. I had visions of sidewalks lined with charging stations instead of parking meters, every house with a solar-roofed garage. All of us driving renewable energy powered cars. A girl can dream, right?

But on a serious note, electric vehicles seem to be coming more and more within reach of the average consumer. Several car companies have come out with affordable electric cars, and now even Tesla is following suit with its Model 3. In fact, Greentech Media says the Model 3 could be “the new Model T,” which is to say that at this new price point, it could help push more consumers to buy electric cars and influence other car companies to ramp up their electric car innovation.  Plus, to incentivize consumers to buy electric cars, the federal government actually offers tax credits for their purchase.

How long you can drive an electric car without charging it might be a concern for some. But Illinois has a pretty substantial network of charging stations. Just check out this map.

Of course, not all of us are in the market for a new car or able to afford the price tag of one. But it is encouraging to know that for as many new electric vehicles are hitting American roads, less carbon is emitted into the atmosphere — and that’s good for all of our lungs and Planet Earth.