Commitment to EV Readiness
Northbrook 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. Northbrook 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.
Our community’s EV readiness goals can be found in our letter of commitment.
All-electric vehicles (EVs) run on electricity only. They are propelled by one or more electric motors powered by rechargeable battery packs. See the video for how they work.
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 Nov. 1, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2024. 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
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 Northbrook, greenhouse gas emissions caused by on-road transportation account for 20.5% 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.
Finding Public 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.
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)
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).
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 – This site and the next webpage are part of ComEd’s EVSmart webpage.
- ComEd Savings, Benefits & Incentives
- Find Used EVs
- PlugStar EV Shopping Assistant
- Electric Vehicles for Consumers – information from the U.S. Department of Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center
- 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.
- Maintenance and Safety of Electric Vehicles - U.S. Department of Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center
- Electric Vehicle Charging Safety Tips – FEMA, U.S. Fire Administration
- 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)