Illinois and Iowa will work with four other states to study the availability of “alternative fuel” along Interstate 80.
They’ve received a federal grant, and will each contribute some of their own money, to figure out where electric vehicles can be charged and where compressed natural gas is available.
Herb Trix reports.
"So that's a real phrase. Range anxiety through a lot of national studies ends up being one of the top five, if not top three reasons why someone would not purchase an electric vehicle or let's say an alternative fuel vehicle. So the idea with this project is to make those gaps disappear. In Illinois we're in pretty good shape. You could travel from the Quad Cities to the Indiana border fairly easy in an electric vehicle with proper infrastructure along the way, depending on what level of charge you started out the trip with and what level you wanted to enter Indiana with."
Iowa currently has just three of the DC-3, or fast charge stations - in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Coralville. And Tesla has some stations for its own vehicles.