Bill would require new residential buildings to be ready to accommodate EV charging

SPRINGFIELD – A measure before the General Assembly would require new and renovated residential or commercial buildings to set aside parking spaces that could easily be converted into electric vehicle charging stations. Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, advanced House Bill 3125 through the House Energy and Environment Committee on Tuesday, noting she would work on an amendment to […]

COVID surge prompts multiple state responses

SPRINGFIELD – A continuing sharp spike in COVID-19 cases being driven by the omicron variant has pushed the state’s hospital capacity to its limits and is prompting the state to bring in additional health care workers from other states and countries. Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that more than 2,000 additional health care workers have […]

Rivian delays delivery of trucks with large battery packs until 2023

Rivian customers who have ordered the R1T pickup truck with extended range battery pack will have to wait until 2023, a year after the company had estimated it would begin deliveries. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said in an email to customers the company is trying to chart the best course to ramp up production as […]

1 million EVs: Inside the state’s plan for electrifying the transportation sector

SPRINGFIELD – With a pair of major policy victories in hand, Gov. JB Pritzker traveled to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, at the beginning of the month and shared a vision for his home state: “Illinois intends to become the best place in North America to drive and manufacture an electric […]

Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022. It’s customary for lawmakers to meet each fall to consider overriding or accepting any of the governor’s vetoes or amendatory vetoes […]

Production Begins: Rivian Electric Truck First To Market

Rivian has passed a significant milestone with the start of commercial production of its R1T electric pickup trucks. A video was posted online early Tuesday apparently showing the first truck rolling off the line at Rivian’s Normal manufacturing plant, with workers gathered around. RJ Scaringe, founder and CEO of the California-based company, tweeted later Tuesday […]

Group Seeks More Support For Electric Buses, Trucks

A pro-EV group says more widespread adoption of battery-powered trucks and buses is increasingly cost-attractive and would have an outsized impact on air pollution. The Electrification Coalition recently sent Gov. JB Pritzker a letter asking him to pledge that at least 30% of all new trucks and buses sold in Illinois will be zero-emission vehicles […]

Pritzker Releases New Plan For Spending Multi-Billion Dollar Volkswagen Settlement

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration released a revised plan for how to spend the state’s share of a multi-billion dollar Volkswagen settlement, which found the vehicle manufacturer in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. Illinois initially received approximately $108 million from the settlement. The plans that were released Thursday include a $9 million […]

State Invests $15 Million To Fuel Two New Manufacturing Programs Downstate

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday the state was distributing funds to two downstate Illinois community colleges for electric vehicle manufacturing and renewable energy generation training programs. Pritzker made the announcement at Heartland Community College in Normal, where one of the new programs will launch. “I’m committed to building an Illinois that is focused […]

New Report Shows Illinois Job, Economic Growth In Electric Transportation Sector

SPRINGFIELD – A national clean energy trade organization has released a report showing growth in electric transportation-related jobs in Illinois could position the state to lead the domestic supply chain. Advanced Energy Economy, an industry association which promotes advanced energy technologies and services, released its “Electrifying Illinois” report which shows the state is on pace to reach […]

Biden Unveils What He Calls A ‘Once-In-A-Generation’ Infrastructure Proposal

PITTSBURGH – The country’s infrastructure is badly in need of repair, both major parties agree. But for years they haven’t been able to agree on a proposal, or how to pay for it. In Pittsburgh on Wednesday, President Biden detailed a $2 trillion package that he said would lead to “transformational progress.” Biden said this is “not a […]