The city is now helping residents and visitors keep their electric cars charged. Mayor George Pradel, city employees and residents gathered for a ribbon cutting at the Van Buren parking lot where they introduced the western suburbs’ first electric vehicle charging station for public use.
Located in the northeast corner of the lot, the charger is free and is compatible with all major electric vehicles on the market like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla.
Only electric cars are allowed in the designated space and it may only be used for up to three hours.
“Come on down to Naperville and park and go have something to eat and have your car charged while you’re there,” said Pradel.
A drawing was also held at the ceremony. Officials raffled off five residential electric vehicle charging stations. The indoor stations were obtained as part of the federal matching grant for the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative. The city plans to use them to assess the impact of electric cars on the city’s electric grid.
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