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USA: Evanston charges ahead with solar canopies, power stations to be completed by June

Evanston officials hope to diminish public hesitation toward adopting electric vehicles by building three public charging stations by June.
“The city is looking for the charging stations as an amenity provided for the community and also for making Evanston a destination,” said Catherine Hurley, the city’s sustainable programs coordinator. “This project is just as much about a forward-thinking idea as it is fulfilling demand.”
Solar energy will power the stations, which are the result of collaboration between two companies, I-GO and 350Green. I-GO is a Chicago-based car sharing company that will provide electric vehicles to Evanston residents, and 350Green will own, operate, install and maintain the charging stations.
Each of the three Evanston charging stations will contain four ports for charging electric vehicles. Two spaces reserved for I-GO vehicles will use Level 2 chargers, which can power an electric vehicle in about two to six hours. At each station, 350Green will provide an additional Level 2 charger and Level 3 charger, which can power an electric vehicle in about 30 minutes, 350Green regional manager Hali Sittig said.
Although initially residents expressed some uncertainty about constructing electric vehicle charging stations, the city has seen an uptick in demand for the stations, Hurley said.
“I’ve received a few calls from people who are on an electric vehicle waiting list who then ask about our plans for charging stations,” she said.
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