The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has given the green light to install new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at O’Hare and Midway airports.
It claims that the opening of seven new facilities at each airport demonstrates its commitment to serving the growing number of drivers using “environmentally sound electric cars”.
The publicly accessible electric charging stations include six Level II stations – which can charge a vehicle in four to six hours – at each airport, and one Level III DC Fast Charger stations, which can fully charge a vehicle in less than an hour, at both O’Hare and Midway.
“Chicago is leading the way in sustainability, implementing innovative technology like electric vehicle stations that will make our airports and our city the greenest in the world,” said Mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
The EV stations will be built and operated by 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle charging networks in major cities in the US and around the world.
CDA would be reimbursed the cost of the electricity used as part of the revenue sharing agreement.
“We are so pleased to offer electric vehicle charging at O’Hare and Midway to our customers,” says CDA commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.
“The installation of electric vehicle charging stations is consistent with the mayor’s goals for Chicago to improve air quality through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”
The electric charging stations at the airports will be part of a city-wide network of 281 EV charging stations. The Citywide EV charging station project is the first and largest of its kind in the United States.