Electric cars to have a home at Highland Park, Chicago

The Chicago Tribune has reported Highland Park, a municipality of Chicago, will create areas in its downtown to accommodate electric cars.

The city will consider priority parking spaces and reduced vehicle sticker fees to further incentivise electric car owners.

The concept is hoped to be not only good for the environment, but also may help the local economy, creating jobs in the fledgling industry.

Local Councilman Tony Blumberg believes that given the technology is relatively new, Highland Park could position itself as a long-term destination for drivers of electric cars. This of course assumes that people will want to go to Highland Park for more than just parking!

By 2014, it is hoped to at least double both the number of residents with registered electric vehicles, as well as the number of publicly accessible charging locations.

Currently, there are nine electric vehicle owners and three charging stations in Highland Park.

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