Donahue also suggested that the ordinance deal with a way to address “range anxiety.” This phenomenon is the concern among electric car owners over how long their current charge will last.
Matt Brennan - SUNTIMES
- September 1, 2011
How many EV drivers have actually been interviewed about "range anxiety?" Why do we only seem to have opinions from those who haven't ever even driven one? --Ed.
The future for electric vehicles in Kane County is now.
Major automobile manufacturers are rolling out plans for increasing the number of electric vehicles in production as soon as 2012, and the Chicago region factors heavily into their marketing plans.
Kane County officials are aware that infrastructure plans need to catch up. There need to be places for people to charge their vehicles, and a plan for dealing with the increase in power consumption, officials said.
On Thursday, the county began an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure task force to deal with these demands.
“Currently there’s a lack of infrastructure,” task force Chairman Mike Donahue, R-Geneva, said. “I believe it’s better to get out in front of this.”
The task force is formed with representatives from several related industries, and several Kane County municipalities. Donahue said that he wants to have an ordinance in place to deal with guidelines, standards and placement for electric vehicle infrastructure by May of 2012.
Task force members were given the chance to discuss the strategy. ComEd representative Dan Gabel mentioned that the power requirements are so high to charge an automobile, that having several on one transformer could... [Read More]