Chicago awards contract for car charging stations

February 9, 2011 4:47:14 PM PST
Chicago officials have awarded a California company a $1.9 million contract for installing 280 electric vehicle charging stations in the city and some surrounding suburbs by the end of the year.

The Chicago Tribune reports that under the contract, San Diego-based 350 Green LLC will set up 73 plazas where motorists driving electric cars will be able to plug in to either of two different types of charging stations. One type is expected to be able to fully charge electric vehicles in less than half an hour.

Manufacturers have said they will roll out their electric vehicles first in cities which have extensive charging infrastructure. So far, the Ford Motor Co. is the only auto manufacturer to announce that Chicago will be among its initial rollout cities for electric vehicles.