Among the many virtues of living in Oak Park, here is one that many residents may not be aware of: It's a great place for electric vehicles (EVs).
In addition, Oak Park owners of EVs can take advantage of incentives offered by Illinois and the federal government. Consider this: In the first year of owning my 2013 Chevy Volt, I received $2,500 more in tax credits and rebates than my total car payments. This is possible because of a federal tax credit of $7,500 and a 10% rebate of the MSRP offered by Illinois, one of the most generous state incentives in the country.
...Even greater availability will be coming soon with the new public charging stations on North Boulevard. It amazes me that more Oak Parkers aren't taking advantage of the opportunity to own cars that can be driven without paying for fuel. If an Oak Park service station offered a free gallon of gasoline, no strings attached, can there be any doubt that Oak Parkers would line up for their free fuel?
...With Integrys supplying the village with electricity that is 100% from renewable sources, Oak Park EV owners can drive with zero net emissions. Even better, like the new ones on North Boulevard, the EV charging stations in the Avenue Garage are tied directly to the solar panels on the garage roof. When I charge my car for free there, I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm driving with power from the sun.
The article was written by someone called "Michael Trenary" -- if that is his real name -- who simply adores the fact that taxpayers are funding his Chevy Volt. Sans government intervention, Trenary would be paying his own fare on a $250,000 car. We call that the free market.
When government distends, contorts and otherwise twists the free market system, we end up with the housing bust (courtesy of the Clinton HUD) and the student loan bubble (courtesy of government-subsidized student loans). Suffice it to say that the EV bubble will end just as badly.
Hat tip: BadBlue Car News.