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Deerfield will get electric charging stations despite commission’s recommendation

Deerfield’s sustainability commission may believe the time of electric vehicle charging stations has not yet come, but that may not stop them from appearing here.

Village board members learned at the board’s Oct. 7 meeting that the commission recommended against providing any on village property. But some trustees asked landlords and private businesses to buy them for their residents and customers.

“I’m disappointed that this turned out this way,” said Trustees Alan Farkas. “There may be a lack of demand, but this may be a chicken or egg thing, and I would like to get out in front of this.”

Trustee Bill Seiden agreed, adding that for-profit enterprises should offer charging stations even if the village doesn’t.

And AMLI Deerfield, which had proposed a 240-unit complex at 1525 Lake Cook Road that was approved that night, already had plans to install 12.

Deerfield-based Walgreens has already become the first retailer to install charging stations at many of its stores. They are now available at locations in Northfield, Highland Park and Evanston, according to Wren, an eco-minded North Shore news blog.

Chargers also have been installed at some Whole Foods, such as in Northbrook, and Nissan dealerships in many communities. And some bigbox stores, such as Walmart, Lowe’s, Kohls, Macy’s, IKEA and Best Buy, are offering to charge cars for customers in some parts of the country, Wren reported.

Most homeowners probably will energize electric vehicles through a garage socket overnight. A typical 110-volt charge will take 10 hours to fully charge a Chevrolet Volt and 18 hours for a Nissan Leaf, Wren reported.

Since most electric cars can travel up to 100 miles before recharging, and 80 percent of Americans drive less than 40 miles a day, that may be enough for many drivers.


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