ComEd and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus launch program to support EV adoption in Illinois

May 5, 2022
ComEd will invest $225,000 in the program which will help remove the barriers to EV adoption. This EV Readiness Program will support communities as they develop and implement programs to promote EVs and seek state and federal funds for EV infrastructure

Chicago-based electric distribution utility ComEd  and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have announced a new initiative – the EV Readiness Program – to help communities in northern Illinois prepare for the growth in demand for EV charging infrastructure.

ComEd will invest $225,000 in the program which will help remove the barriers to EV adoption. This EV Readiness Program will support communities as they develop and implement programs to promote EVs and seek state and federal funds for EV charging infrastructure development.

ComEd’s investment will be used for program development, personnel and consulting costs to educate municipalities across its service region over the next two years.

Federal and state funds will be released later in 2022. The Congress has approved a $5 billion investment to help states with EV charging infrastructure and EV adoption. Federal funding will help advance Governor Pritzker's plan to have a million EVs running on road by 2030.

"We know that communities have been looking for guidance, and the EV Readiness Program will prepare them to move swiftly on new investments coming forward as a result of clean energy policy advancements made at the state and local levels,” Kevin Burns, Mayor of the City of Geneva, Illinois, and Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Environment Committee and EV Readiness Advisory Committee, said.

Under the EV Readiness Program, local governments will secure support on removing barriers to adoption, expanding markets for EVs, facilitating charging infrastructure. A municipality or county will earn the status of an EV Ready Community based on several factors, including zoning and planning, permitting, parking and access, EV owner rights, utility engagement and market development and finance.

The program is formulated using guidance from the EV Readiness Advisory Committee, which is a group of over 50 local transportation and sustainability experts from the public and private sectors.

The program will include the development of an EV toolkit and the opportunity for competitive grant funding.