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City Installs Electric Car Charging Station in Downtown Naperville

New electric vehicle charging station installed in heart of downtown Naperville.

Electric car owners now have a prime parking space in the heart of downtown thanks a new electric charging station.

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The city of Naperville has installed its first public electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) in the Van Buren parking lot, located at Van Buren Avenue and Main Street. The parking space is only permitted for electric vehicles, which also must be charging to use the parking space.

Cars can charge up to three hours per city ordinance. Depending on the popularity of the station, city officials said they may add more charging stations within the city. 

“This electric vehicle charging station is a unique addition to our downtown area that will provide a convenient service for those who currently own electric vehicles or those who plan to own them in the near future,” said City Manager Doug Krieger in a press release. “The city is using the installation of this public charging station as a pilot project to monitor the unit’s popularity and usage – information that will help us further develop policies and long-term plans for future electric vehicle charging in Naperville.” 

According to a city press release, the Van Buren electric vehicle charging station is a Level 2 charger that will allow users to partially recharge their vehicles up to three hours while shopping or dining in the downtown area.

The downtown charging station could also benefit local businesses by serving as an extra amenity for shoppers.

“We’re pleased the city is using the downtown to promote and evaluate the city’s response to public electric vehicle charging stations,” said Downtown Naperville Alliance Representative Steve Rubin in a press release. “We look at this as another amenity that can benefit patrons who frequent our downtown businesses.” 

DENNIS J PIERRO October 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
WILL THE CITY PUT UP PARKING SPACES WITH GAS PUMPS SO THAT I CAN GET FREE GAS WHILE PARKING DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE?
Roy Rumaner October 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Gerard, why do you continue to live in Naperville if all you ever do is slam everything they do? It would probably be easier if you moved to some place where there is no local or federal government to cause you such daily distress. Either that or get involved on the city council and work to stop all these "wasted tax payer resources" or is it easier for you to just sit in your home and complain about everything all day.
Gerard Schilling October 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Only thing I slam Roy is waste of money projects and corrupt government. Unfortunately both are rampant in our Federal, State and Local Governments. As to involvement I have been, am and will be involved in all aspects until we get people in local government who are both competent and represent the tax payers not the lobbyist and their cronies. Lastly I am not going anywhere!
Jim Smith October 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Coal companies are DELIGHTED with the trend to have the use of their ultimate product (i.e., electicity) subsidized by the taxpayers of cities like Naperville.
Sharon April 06, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Thanks, Naperville, for supporting EVs. The deciding factor as to where to have lunch today was the fact I could charge the car while eating. I think I'll do some shopping afterwards, too. I appreciate my taxes used by forward thinking city officials to benefit forward thinking citizens.

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