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USA: Deerfield considers electric car charging stations

Electric charging stations may be coming to Deerfield as the village considers joining other North Shore communities in offering the green transportation technology for their shopping districts.

Since early 2012, Deerfield has belonged to North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium, scoring bulk rates for electricity along with Highland Park, Lake Forest, Glencoe, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, Skokie and Park Ridge.

“The next initiative of some consortium members,” said Deerfield Village Manager Andrew Lichterman, “is a joint RFP (request for proposal) to see if we can receive favorable pricing for electric charging stations for vehicles.”

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Deerfield and several other communities anticipate issuing RFPs by the end of April.

“Depending on the response to the RFP,” he said, “we will determine if the community will move forward. While we are doing it jointly, we are still independent. Deerfield could chose to take no action while another community moves forward on it.”

In February, Highland Park installed charging stations for shoppers and has a sustainability director, Bryan Tillman of Kymanox, a technical products and project management company in Gurnee, overseeing the new technology.

Area officials say they’d like the North Shore to become a destination for electric vehicle owners. The cost of a charging station is estimated at $6,000, if state and federal rebates are applied, Tillman said in a previous interview with the Tribune. He said Highland Park had nine electric vehicle owners and three private charging stations, including one at a downtown Walgreens.

The allure of using an electric car — such as the Nissan Leaf, Tesla and Ford Volt — is getting nearly 100 miles from $1.50 in electricity, or to use a new industry term, MPGe, meaning “miles per gallon equivalent.”

Deerfield and other consortium members are requiring potential vendors to make site visits, Lichterman said.


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