By: Mark Glennon

A bill is moving forward in the Illinois House to require mass installation of electric vehicle charging stations, at property owners’ expense.

It’s not just for new construction or commercial buildings. Expensive retrofits would be required upon any “renovation,” defined so broadly that many updates to kitchens and bathrooms would be included. If you “renovate” your home or maybe that four-flat you own and have six or fewer parking stations, each one would have to be electrified, which could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. The bill is inspired by a similar law in California — that exemplar of fine government.

Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston)

Bigger residential buildings would have a formula based requirement and non-residential commercial buildings would be required to have 30% of parking spaces electrified if new or renovated. Red tape for tenant policies and condominium rules are in the bill, too.

The bill was initially introduced by Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), a statist to the max and among my least favorite lawmakers for reasons I’ve written about often.

Six additional House sponsors have joined.

Meanwhile, lawmakers fret about affordable housing. Go figure.

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Anita
7 months ago

I think such hefty bills can avoid by using the nearest public EV charging network. Plugshare website listed best of charging stations near Illinois – https://www.plugshare.com/directory/us/illinois

Fuck You Bitches
7 months ago

Hmmmmmm lets take even more money from the people are robbing.

Freddy
7 months ago

I totally understand your frustration but we have to curtail our language. I am not a censor but there are some younger people probably reading these articles. Many are probably thinking the same way but not putting it into print. Imagine what George Carlin would say if he were alive.

Old Spartan
7 months ago

For those of us old enough to remember, this is similar to the arrival of mandatory environmental testing for cars in Illinois. Who did all the lobbying and generated all the phony studies and reports to support passage?– The guys who did the testing and their new connected partners. Three or four guys ended up with all the contracts, and then handed out portions of the deals to insiders. Worked like a charm. The charging station folks are maneuvering just like that.

Freddy
7 months ago

Hydrogen powered vehicles are starting to surface. In California and Hawaii some refueling stations are popping up or are in the works and as long as you live in close proximity are the only requirements to purchase. Here in Illinois with all the hot air politicians spew out maybe we could buy hot air powered vehicles and plug them in to local pols. Unlimited energy!!

James Zilch
7 months ago

No gas sales, no road tax
Will these spaces and electric outlets be coin or credit card operated?

James Zilch
7 months ago

Will the stations be coin operated

Rick
7 months ago

Build it and they will come?

Jeff Schurman
8 months ago

Not in MY house ! I don’t and WONT own an electric vehicle , and I’m not paying to have that added to my electrical grid !

stash the polski guy
8 months ago

hope it passes. let the exodus out reach critical mass.

joe blow
8 months ago

The state wants you buying electric cars because 1) the registration fees are ridiculously high and 2) you can’t leave the state as easily with them as they have limited range!

nixit
8 months ago

“Each parking space shall be marked and signed for common use by residents.”

There are only X amount of parking spaces available. For every parking space removed from that pool, the price of the remaining spaces goes up.

“The unit owner of the electric vehicle charging station,,,shall, at all times, maintain a liability coverage policy.”

Added insurance costs.

nixit
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

And some percentage of EV parking spaces would need to be ADA compliant, so you can’t just retrofit normal sized parking spaces.

MikeH
8 months ago

Give me an “over”!
Give me a “reach”!
What’s that spell? Illinois government.

8 months ago

This government simply just can’t stop interfering with the natural supply and demand, has worked forever 100% of the time UNTIL the government screws with it. Housing, education, health insurance, they are the ones that screwed it up and now they want to fix it.

Governor of Alderaan
8 months ago
Reply to  David F

You can’t or won’t act in your best interest, so Big Government must force you to act in your best interest. Besides, you don’t know what’s in your best interest anyway until Big Government tells you

Governor of Alderaan
8 months ago

Illinois Democrats must be part owners of companies that install charging stations

Bob
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

And with the corruption at ComEd being exposed these are the new cash cows for crooked politicians. ComEd funds are drying up and their pull is no longer there.

Platinum Goose
7 months ago

They’re part owners with the electricians union.

Freddy
8 months ago

I went to a local home improvement show over the weekend here in Rockford and checked out a company that provides solar energy. Not planning to buy. They told me there are state and federal incentives but I asked them can I take the panels with me when I move out of this pathetic state and they said no unless I pay the incentives back. They must stay with the house. I’ll check if that’s true. Next the state will tell me I must leave the furniture and banks accounts and pay an exit tax for the pensions.

John LaBombard
7 months ago
Reply to  Freddy

I’m gonna have to call you on this one. Putting solar panels on your house, especially if there are tax incentives, is considered upgrading the house. You get tax breaks for putting in a more efficient AC unit, windows and insulation. Do you plan on taking the AC with you too? When you move, you will be able to use those tax breaks again on your new house if it qualifies. The government doesn’t give you tax breaks on your furniture, and you are being asinine talking about exit taxes for pensions and bank accounts.

Bob
8 months ago

How about if you have a plug in car you put a station at your own house and leave me alone ? Why do these people feel like they meed to insert themselves into every corner of our lives ?

DantheMan
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob

So they can pretend they have a purpose in life.