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USA: Rebate aims to entice Illinoisans to rev up electric cars Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120503/BLOGS06/120509893/rebate-aims-to-entice-illinoisans-to-rev-up-electric-cars#ixzz1tsYbhumJ Stay on top of Chicago business with our free daily e-newsletters

A new state rebate program for electric vehicle charging stations could inspire businesses and others to rev up their commitment to battery-operated cars.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) recently launched an EV Charging Station Rebate Program that will give cash back to anyone in the state who installs them by June 15 this year.
So far, six rebate applications have been submitted, according to a DCEO spokesman.
Some consider the reluctant embrace of electric vehicles to be a chicken-or-egg dilemma: What needs to come first, consumers and businesses buying the cars, or the infrastructure that would let them recharge these vehicles with ease?
“A lot of companies that have been on the fence from a cost perspective will now be able to reduce a great portion of the cost, and that will get them to the finish line,” says Brian Levin, vice president at Carbon Day Automotive, a Chicago-based startup that’s the Midwest distributor of electric car charging stations manufactured by Coulomb Technologies of Campbell, Calif. “We think this (rebate program) will set the tone that it’s okay to buy an electric vehicle because more charging stations will be available.”

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