As a part of the Transportation & Mobility sector of our Environmental Sustainability Plan, the Village of Skokie is preparing for the expected increase in electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging stations by participating in the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ EV Readiness Program. We are reducing barriers to EV infrastructure investment and making it easier for residents and businesses to install EV charging stations. Skokie has also pulled together information from many sources to help you learn about EVs and EV charging stations, decide if they are right for you, and move through the EV charger permitting and installation process.
About Electric Vehicles
All-electric vehicles (EVs) run on electricity only. They are propelled by one or more electric motors powered by rechargeable battery packs.
Benefits of EVs
EVs have several advantages over conventional vehicles:
- Energy efficient. EVs convert over 77% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 12%–30% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.
- Lower emissions. In Skokie, greenhouse gas emissions caused by on-road transportation account for 25% of total emissions. EVs do not emit tailpipe emissions, which makes them a cleaner option to operate compared to gasoline or diesel vehicles, especially if charged with renewable energy.
- Improved air quality. Lower emissions lead to better local air quality.
- Performance benefits. Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration.
- Reduced maintenance costs. EVs have fewer moving parts and don’t require oil changes, tune-ups, cooling system flushes, and other common maintenance services needed for traditional vehicles.
- Reduced energy dependence. Electricity is a domestic energy source.
How Do EVs Work?
Thinking about Buying or Leasing an EV?
Drivers are increasingly transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs). To learn more about EVs and if switching to electric is right for you, use these helpful resources:
- ComEd Find Vehicles & Chargers
- ComEd Savings, Benefits & Incentives
- Find Used EVs
- PlugStar EV Shopping Assistant
- Electric Vehicles for Consumers
- National Drive Electric Week – Events offer ride and drives, the opportunity to talk to EV drivers, and the chance to see a variety of electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. Annual events are hosted nationwide in the fall and also around Earth Day in April.
Rebates and Incentives
- Federal Tax Credit for Vehicles: Use the federal government’s federal tax credit tool to learn about the credit amount available for various EV makes and models. The maximum credit is $7,500 for new vehicles and up to $4,000 for used vehicles.
- New and Used Clean Vehicle Tax Credits, Energy Saver webpage – This Department of Energy webpage describes the new and previously owned clean vehicle tax credits. The page includes a checklist to determine if a vehicle is eligible for either credit. You may also want to contact a tax professional.
- Illinois EV Rebate Program: The next rebate cycle will be open from November 1, 2023 through January 31, 2024. The application and instructions will be posted on October 18, 2023. Residents may apply for a $4,000 rebate on a new or used all-electric vehicle. Purchasers must apply for the rebate during an open rebate cycle and within 90 days of vehicle purchase.
- Federal Tax Credit for EV Charging Equipment – Residents who purchase qualified residential charging equipment may receive a tax credit of 30% of the cost, up to $1,000. Find out more at the above website, or consult a tax professional.
For other updates on incentives, please visit:
- U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center – Illinois Laws and Incentives
- ComEd Savings, Benefits & Incentives, Savings & Benefits tab
Public EV Charging
Publicly available charging stations can easily be located using PlugShare’s interactive map, by downloading the free PlugShare app, or by using the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center Alternative Fueling Station Locator.
Skokie operates four charging stations available for public use, these stations are located near Downtown Skokie and multi-family neighborhoods to ensure equitable access to chargers. These stations have avoided over 154,000 kg of greenhouse gas emissions as of September, 2023 - that's the equivalent of planting 4,000 trees and letting them grow for 10 years. Affordable charging is available at these stations for $0.10/kWk plus $3/hr after two hours.
Some local businesses have also installed charging stations available for use by their customers.
Parking Regulations at EV Charging Stations
A person may park only an electric vehicle in an electric vehicle charging station space designated for use by electric vehicles. Unauthorized use of EV-only parking by non-EVs at both public and private properties is prohibited.
Illinois Vehicle Code (ILCS 625 ILCS 5/11-1308)
Installing EV Charging Stations
The Village is here to assist applicants who wish to install EV charging stations.
Installing EV Chargers
A $75 building permit (plus a circuit upgrade fee, if applicable) is required for the installation of EV Chargers. To start the review process, please complete the EV Permit Application (PDF) or apply online at www.skokiepermits.org (click "Apply for Building Permit").
Additional EV Charger Resources
Review Process Timeline
The Village of Skokie is committed to providing a timely review of solar EV Charger permit applications. Best efforts are made to review completed EV Charger permit applications within ten (10) business days. Complete EV Charger inspections will be complete within (5) business days after the installation request. These turnaround times are typical, not guaranteed since unforeseen delays may influence turnaround time.
Certain circumstances can prolong the permit turnaround time including:
- Application does not submit all required information
- Contractor applying for permit is not a licensed contractor
- Additional required documents are not submitted with the application
For EV Owners
- Register your EV with ComEd to help the utility assess your electric service needs.
- Find the right electric rate.
- Find an EV charging station installer who is registered with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)
EV Safety Information
- Maintenance and Safety of Electric Vehicles
- Electric Vehicle Charging Safety Tips (PDF)
- Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) EV Charging Station Installer Certification - Vendors who install EV charging stations must be certified by the ICC. (Reference: 220 ILCS 5/16-128A)