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Naperville Enacts Charging Fee for Electric Vehicles

Credit: City of Naperville
Credit: City of Naperville
Naperville residents who utilize city charging stations for their electric vehicles will now have to pay a fee of $1.50 per hour to use the spaces.

The Naperville City Council voted 8-0 Tuesday in favor of the fee. The council had discussed charing 75 cents per hour but decided Tuesday to raise that to $1.50, according to a video recap of the Feb. 4 city council meeting

Prior to the vote, the current charing station, which is located in a surface lot located at 44 W. Van Buren, had been free, according to city documents. The city did not charge electric vehicle users in the first year as a way to promote usage of the charing station. 

Councilors said during Tuesday's meeting the 75 cents fee was too low and the $1.50 amount would sway "squatters" from utilizing the parking spots for too long and also said seemed fair since electric vehicle users do not have to pay a road use tax like other motorists who utilize gas-fueled cars. 

The council also approved an additional parking space Tuesday for the charging station surface lot located at 44 W. Van Buren. The city is updating that charging stating from a single- to dual-charging station to allow two vehicles to charge at the same time, according to the city of Naperville city council packet. 

The city council also approved additional parking spaces for electric vehicles at a second dual-charging station that will be installed in the Van Buren Parking Facility, according to city documents. 

The charging stations will accept credit card payments, according to city documents. 

The following rules apply to those utilizing the charging spaces: 
  • A three-hour parking restriction is in place while the vehicle is charging 
  • All electric vehicles in the space must be plugged in and charging 
  • The parking space is for electric vehicle use only, all other vehicles will be towedThe public charging station was provided free to users for the first year in order to collect data on its usage. 
Have you used the city's charging stations? What did you think about the stations? Do you think a $1.50 fee is fair? Tell us in the comments section. 
Gerard Schilling February 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM
JR what subsidies? They pay huge amounts of tax unlike the wind turbines, electric cars, car charging stations, solar panels and all the other green scams continually forced on we the tax payers by those who believe others should pay their bills.
Gerard Schilling February 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Here is a balance article on tax by all industries when compared to oil. http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/04/16/which-megacorps-pay-megataxes/
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Oh brother, this oughtta be good. Tell us, Gerard, oh wise one, why the planet is getting warmer. Please. Dazzle us with your expertise. Like you did with the trees causing air pollution.
Gerard Schilling February 12, 2014 at 01:18 PM
It isn't . What you see is the normal fluctuation of the sun's output and orbital eccentricities of our planet around it.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 01:30 PM
What I see is that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased. ... I also don't believe trees cause air pollution, so there you go.
Sandy Glass February 12, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Exactly the problem of the progressives maniacal mantra of "fair share." The government is suppose to stay out of "nudging" people into political agendas through the tax system. The only thing "green" about Al Gores global warming is the money a few crony capitalists are making off the pay or play political system. Their ideas and products would never make it in the free market, so they force their agenda via the government regulation and tax code. Electric cars run on coal generated energy. They aren't any more noble than cars or trucks run on fossil fuel. As we have seen with the "smart meter" fiasco, instead of spying and attempting to economical ration electricity to Americans we should be building out the infrastructure so that business and families can thrive.
JR February 12, 2014 at 02:58 PM
OK Sandy, I'm out. Once you brought up "smart meters" I realized that you and Gerry are a couple. You can't fight stupid, so I won't even try. Good luck with your tin foil hat business. LOL
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 03:06 PM
The earth's temperature is not getting warmer. Electric cars are more harmful than gas guzzlers. Nothing seems crazy about that ... unless you're a crazy Teabagger.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 03:07 PM
And oh yeah, trees cause air pollution.
Sandy Glass February 12, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Of course you're out, JR. When logic and free market philosophy win the day, I can always count on your name calling. It's my belief that the "green" folks are really the old time "flat earth" believers, as citizens are waking up to the global warming fear mongering. America needs a great, real, infrastructure to power our factories, our homes, and our schools. The only ones wearing tin hats are the Chicken Littles, screaming the end of the world, when all that has happened is Mother Nature doing her thing, as she has done for millions of years. Get the phony, "green" shackles off American's and we can lead the world again.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Sandy, Sandy, Sandy. Like unicorns, the ‘free market’ is a myth. What keeps a free market free? Not the corporations, who have NO interest to apply any kind of ethics whatsoever, and are hell-bent on destroying competition. It’s been governments, the servants of the people, who enforce rules and regulations to restrain the corporations and resulting undesirable social outcomes. Alas, it’s the corporations that use their vast wealth to buy influence in government. It's my belief that the paleoconservatives such as yourself are really the old-time "flat earth" believers, as citizens are no longer quiet in their belief that claims of a global warming hoax are the actual hoax. Get your head out of your ass and maybe this country can lead the world again.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 03:37 PM
And, oh, by the way Chicken Little, shouldn't you be out stocking up on guns & ammo considering that the black president is aimin' to take away all your guns? Idiot.
Sandy Glass February 12, 2014 at 03:45 PM
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." The government took charge of energy and now we are close to financially rationing electricity from 12 Noon until 9 PM. Our private data is being monetized and sold to the highest bidder. We no longer have a free market today, as the Central Banks are controlling the money and using failed price controls on interest rates, giving a leg up to the top .01% Our leadership is what has been bought at auction by crony business. And Michael, the placement of my head has nothing to do with the third world status that America is racing toward. It has been the failed progressive, utopia ideas of the "fair share" and Central planning by Ivy Towered Elite crowd, who have never built a business nor met a payroll. Maybe you can enjoy the "warming or cooling stations" set up for you by Naperville, when you will no longer afford to heat or cool your own home. Actually, why doesn't Naperville just set up giant apartment complexes for us all so that they can control the appliances we use, the cars that we drive, the amount of water we are allocated, the plants that we grow and hell, why not the food that we eat. It's all about the collective isn't it?
Gerard Schilling February 12, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Sandy, ER and Hunt pride themselves on using the Alinsky's tactics for radicals some of which are: 1) Healthcare - Control healthcare and you control the people. 2) Poverty - Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 3) Debt - Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 4) Gun Control -Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 5) Welfare - Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income) 6) Education - Take control of what people read and listen to - take control of what children learn in school. 7) Religion - Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools 8) Class Warfare - Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor. When those tactics fail they curse and call people names as if this will intimidate the weak of kneed and heart. Thank God for people like you who will stand up to these thugs.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Damn right, Saul Alinsky. You should read up on him. Even Dick Armey and other top Teabaggers admire him. William F. Buckley called him a genius.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Ignore Gerard’s made-up garbage. These are Alinsky’s rules for radicals: 1) “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." 2)“Never go outside the expertise of your people.” 3) “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” 4) “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” 5) “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” 6) “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” 7) “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” 8) “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” 9) “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” 10) "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition." 11) “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” 12) “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” 13) “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Time to take your meds, Sandy.
Sandy Glass February 12, 2014 at 05:24 PM
"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by Compulsion-when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing-when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors-when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you-when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice-you may know that your society is doomed." Michael, your attempt at Alinsky's rule #5 is pathetic.
Gerard Schilling February 12, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Mike you misconstrue admiration for recognition of true evil and protecting oneself and society against it. At least you have the guts to admit what you are as despicable as that may be.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Sandy. Do you mean the real Alinsky rules, or the made-up Glenn Beck ones that Gerard posted? ... Please step away from the computer and head straight to the medicine cabinet.
Sandy Glass February 12, 2014 at 05:33 PM
"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Uninformed, empty-headed Gerard despises Alinsky because he was a community organizer, like Obama. And Alinsky’s name sounds foreign, not American, like Obama. And Alinsky was not a Christian, like the Teabaggers think Obama isn't. And Alinsky fought for ordinary people everywhere, not “exceptionally” rich white Americans. And Alinsky is associated with the left. And Alinsky is not alive to refute the slanders. … Meanwhile, Gerard has never actually read a proper biography about the man. ... Glenn Beck is proud of you, Gerry.
Gerard Schilling February 12, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Mike rules are as you stated his tactics were as I stated! Both spell the destruction of our democratic republic if not stopped before totally implemented.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 05:53 PM
I don't think so, professor.
Gerard Schilling February 12, 2014 at 06:37 PM
I don't despise Alinsky but recognize him for what he was a brilliant, anti-American, communist who betrayed the country that gave him everything, who leached off of the tax payers with a plum job in academia while doing everything possible to undermine our constitution and its guaranteed freedoms. To you he was a hero to me a traitor. As to all this other tripe about race, names etc. it's just the race card all over again and guess what it's like the kid crying wolf it has no effect anymore.
Michael Hunt February 12, 2014 at 07:17 PM
First, he was not a Communist. Second, most people including myself NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THE GUY until the Teabaggers tried to re-invent him as the bogeyman, not unlike Emmanuel Goldstein's character in 1984. Not unlike Bill Ayers in 2008. Third, to you, anyone who has ever voted for a Democrat is "doing everything possible to undermine our Constitution and its guaranteed freedoms," which only confirms your sixth-grade understanding of politics and society. ... (And please, stop asking people to stop using 'the race card.' It makes you look ignorant and tone-deaf. Plus, former Gov. Palin pretty much ruined that page of the playbook when that complete idiot did so on Martin Luther King Day.)
Gerard Schilling February 13, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Mike, Your intellectual insecurity keeps revealing itself by your constant irrational name calling instead of addressing the facts. Alinsky was basically an anarchist who spent his life revolting against his father (authority) and devising methods and means to redistribute the wealth and destroy the country that gave salvation and protection to his Russian immigrant parents. He admitted to being a member of no political party or group but supported every crazy left wing group he could find. His ideology was socialism/communism and if it has a beak, feathers and quacks it's a duck!
Michael Hunt February 13, 2014 at 09:06 AM
You decry name-calling and then proceed to call Alinsky an anarchist, socialist, communist, (and a duck), when he factually was not. Whatever. Who really cares what you think?
Gerard Schilling February 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Apparently you do because you keep posting your caustic and many times irrelevant comments on my postings. Stop pouting and have a nice day.
Sandy Glass February 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-13/585000-without-power-catastrophic-winter-storm-pax-pounds-northeast Wow this grid thing sure is wonderful, as Mother Nature does her Spring Cleaning. Why not put the money into infrastructure, putting the cables underground? Why are vast populations areas all connected by one grid that upon failure will paralyze so many? Build out the infrastructure so that America has plenty of affordable, dependable energy!

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