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Car-sharing group introduces all-electric options

Updated: March 27, 2012 3:13PM

I-GO CarSharing, a non-profit car-sharing group, is offering all-electric vehicles for the first time to its members, after acquiring a Nissan Leaf and two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs.

The vehicles are part of Chicago-based I-GO project to have 16 solar canopies to supply solar energy to its network of 30 electric vehicle charging stations. I-GO’s electric vehicle network will also include six charging stations powered by the grid.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf get up to 126 miles per charge and 106 MPC in city driving, respectively, according to the EPA.

The electric vehicles are available to I-GO members at:

†Nissan Leaf at Jewel grocery store, 2940 N. Ashland Ave.

†Mitsubishi i-MiEV at Illinois Institute of Technology, 3201 S. State St.

†Mitsubishi i-MiEV at I-GO’s headquarters at 2125 W. North Ave.

Each solar charging station will form a canopy that covers four parking spaces, and the stations will be able to power two electric vehicles. Two spaces will be reserved for I-GO at each location, and the others will be available to the public.

Each canopy will be topped with 44 solar panels, for a capacity of 10 kilowatts. In aggregate, the canopies will produce about 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough for 600,000 driving miles. As a result, I-GO and its members could save as many as 17,000 gallons of gasoline each year.

Once completed, I-GO will have a fleet of 36 all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The solar canopies will be located at:

†CTA Brown Line Kimball Park and Ride lot

†Ravenswood Professional Building, 1945 W. Wilson Ave.

†Greenleaf Art Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf Ave.

†Jewel grocery store, 3400 N. Western Ave.

†Jewel grocery store, 2940 N. Ashland Ave.

†Jewel grocery store, 5516 N. Clark St.

†Jewel grocery store, 5343 N. Broadway

†Jewel grocery store, 101 W. 87th St.

†Jewel grocery store, 438 W. Madison Avenue, Oak Park

†City of Evanston Municipal Lot #3, 1702 Chicago Ave.

†City of Evanston Municipal Lot #4, 2122 Central St.

†City of Evanston Municipal Lot #32, 825 Hinman Ave.

†Village of Oak Park lot in the 1100 block of North Boulevard, between Marion and Forest

†Village of Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

†Uncommon Ground Restaurant, 1401 W. Devon Ave.

†Illinois Institute of Technology, 3201 S. State St. (currently a charging station location)

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