CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ portion of the historic Route 66 is getting a high-tech upgrade with the installation of a network of electric vehicle charging stations.
The project will allow drivers of electric cars to zoom along the 300-mile stretch from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River near St. Louis.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Another Wave Of Downpours Coming Early Friday Morning
The $1 million project is being supported by automakers with technical help from the University of California at Davis. Work begins this month and should be finished by summer.READ MORE: Frank Pietrangelo, Hero Of 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Says He Was Among Those Sexually Abused By Hockey Coach Tom 'Chico' Adrahtas
Charging stations will be built in eight cities, from Plainfield to Edwardsville. Each stop will have at least one fast-charging station, which can charge up a car within 15 to 20 minutes.
Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement Saturday that the project reflects “Illinois’ place as the innovation capital of the Midwest.”MORE NEWS: Shane Jason Woods Of Downstate Auburn, Illinois Charged In Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection
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