By on September 26, 2013

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After a ruling in federal court, a Chicago area electric vehicle charging network may finally become completely operational. The quick charging stations were installed under a $1.9 million federal grant, but two contractors who installed them for the network’s original owner, 350Green, had been locked in a legal battle over ownership of the system.

The court ruled that the charging stations be turned over to JNS power, an Arlington Heights based electric contractor which had installed about 40% of the stations. The other contractor, Car Charging Group, based in Florida, said that it would appeal the ruling. 350Green had made deals with both companies earlier this year to take over the charging stations. The city of Chicago had terminated it agreement with 350Green last April when allegations surfaced that the company fraudulently submitted evidence of payments made to contractors that were not in fact paid. In July, the company’s officers were the subject of a FBI search.

Of 219 charging stations scheduled to be installed under the program, 51 remain uninstalled. Those stations that were installed have been abandoned while the legal battle over who owns them has continued. Some work, some don’t, and some are the subject of contractor liens. Some stations that work, can’t be used because you can’t buy one of the cards needed to use them.

JNS said that it will be moving the project forward as soon as possible. An attorney for JNS said, “Our client is obviously satisfied with the court’s decision and the expedited nature by which the court rendered its decision. JNS is looking forward to getting this federally funded city project back on track to provide an efficient network of car charging stations to the entire Chicago metropolitan area.”

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6 Comments on “Court Order May Finally Get Chicago EV Charging Network Fully Operational...”


  • avatar

    The state governments could cater to charging EV’s and help proliferate EV technology. People could simply use a credit card to charge and there’d be a job for “security personell” to watch the cables and make sure no vandals vandalize them.

    But we’d rather spend our money investing in bombing/rebuilding muslim countries and stealing their oil…

    Fortunately gas has gone down to less than $3.93 a gallon Super Premium 93 at my local BJ’s. My SRTs are always thirsty.

    • 0 avatar
      mkirk

      Source?

    • 0 avatar
      Sigivald

      “But we’d rather spend our money investing in bombing/rebuilding muslim countries and stealing their oil…”

      Nice fantasy world you live in.

      Most US oil imports (source: http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_m.htm) come from – in order as of June ’13) – Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Nigeria, Colombia. With Canada at twice the amount of Saudi.

      Only two Muslim countries, neither of which we’ve ever bombed or “stolen the oil” from.

      (Even Iraq’s oil is … sold on the open market by the Iraqi government. Not stolen and shipped to the US.

      Seriously, what the hell?)

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I’m curious as to who’d use a public charging station.

    1. Most public chargers are Level 2, which at 18 mph takes a long time to inhale a meaningful charge.

    2. Most EV drivers charge at home, and stay within their battery’s driving radius. I wouldn’t depend on some distant charger to get to my destination.

    3. The best way to charge a Tesla in the wild is with their Supercharger network. See #1 above. This isn’t that.

    4. Pay-for-charge is very costly. My electrons cost $0.06/kWh. I’m not interested in paying multiples of that.

    5. Chicago politics/business. Uh huh.

  • avatar
    AJ

    Sounds kind of like to me a city bus stop. The idea is nice, but there is never a bus stop close enough to where I’d want to get on and as well get off the bus to work for me. Last thing I’d want to do is to have to drive around with a nearly dead electric car looking for an available charger. I think I’d do that at home…

    But hey, it’s just borrowing money from China to pay for it! Who cares?!


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