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St. Charles, Lake Forest to get electric-car charging stations

A Chevy Volt charges up on a recent morning at a ChargePoint station located behind the Kane County Courthouse on Third Street in Geneva. Users can track their charging session on the company’s phone app and through email or text notifications. (Stephanie K. Baer, Tribune photo)

Electric-car owners in and around St. Charles soon will join Naperville residents in charging their vehicles closer to home.

St. Charles aldermen recently gave city officials the green light to purchase and install in the downtown area the city’s first dual charging station, which will charge electric cars for free. Officials in north suburban Lake Forest announced a similar measure recently, though the city planned to charge for the service.

“Electric vehicle charging stations are becoming very popular,” Tom Bruhl, electric services manager for St. Charles, told aldermen at a recent committee meeting. “There is an opportunity for the city to install one of these … and have some type of economic beacon.”
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