Ownership of electric vehicles is growing every day. Tesla is arguably the most well-known among EVs but it is hardly the only burgeoning brand. Such popularity has created a demand for charging outlets; fortunately we’re here to help.
Below you’ll find some pertinent information regarding EV ownership in Champaign-Urbana. (If you’re a local EV owner and would like to offer additional tips, email us.)
Thank you to ION for presenting this information. ION is the the first purpose-built network of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) compliant* stations established along the Alternative Fuel Corridors that traverse our Interstate Highway System.
The highway rest stop reimagined for the EV age with access to basic rest area services with options upgrade to an enhanced experience including food, drink, and retail offerings in thoughtfully curated spaces.
Where to charge a vehicle in Champaign-Urbana
According to PlugShare, there are 84 charging stations in C-U. These stations can vary in several ways; some are limited to certain vehicles (say, Tesla) or certain people (registered hotel guests, for example) while others might offer an outlet that allows you to bring your own charger.
Several dealerships — such as Sullivan-Parkhill and Illini Nissan — have charging stations, as does Parkland College’s Applied Technology Center. The University of Illinois has a bevy of stations, many of them located in the Research Park. One of the highest-profile charging islands is located in the Hill Street parking deck in Champaign, although we’re told demand frequently outpaces supply.
If you’re a Tesla owner, the Champaign Supercharger at 2401 North Prospect is highly rated.
PlugShare says seven of C-U’s 84 public stations are free. C-U has 23 DC Fast Chargers, 16 of which are Tesla Superchargers.
Charging at home
EV owners regularly choose to charge at home. Fortunately Ameren Illinois has an EV Rate Program that allows owners to receive a special rate when charging between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Learn more about that program here.
What about long-drive travel?
Most EVs can travel between 100 and 300 miles per charge, though mileage boundaries are frequently changing and subject to a few variables. Long-drive travel is sometimes considered an obstacle for EV owners but companies like ION — see above — are trying to change that. ION is planning to build a network of charging stations along interstate highways that can act as one-stop shopping for owners. That is, these structures can offer other necessities such as food while providing a safe, comfortable environment as your vehicle recharges.
Find more info about ION’s objectives here.
Should I look into buying an EV?
According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, EV owners in Illinois could be eligible for as much as a $4,000 rebate for their purchase of a non-motorcycle EV. The stipulations are many, of course; it is important to digest this information when considering the benefits of purchasing an electric vehicle.