Illinois among 4 states creating electric vehicle circuit tour along Lake Michigan’s coastline

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Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 12:33 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Hopes to boost tourism and the emerging electric vehicle industry are prompting Illinois and three other states to create a scenic road trip route just for electric cars, featuring plenty of places to charge those vehicles.

Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan have signed a memorandum of understanding to build the Lake Michigan EV Circuit Tour, also called an “electric Route 66″ spanning more than 1,100 miles of drivable shoreline along the lake.

Illinois leaders are especially interested in promoting EVs because the state is home to Rivian Automotive, which produces electric sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks at its factory in Normal.

New EV charging stations will be installed along the route within the next few years, linking them with charging stations already operating at large entertainment attractions in Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Traverse City, and other spots.

The idea, according to a state government news release, is to give prospective EV drivers the chance to take family and friends on long-distance road trips with “no range anxiety and no harmful tailpipe emissions.”

In a statement, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said the circuit tour “proudly blends our clean energy goals with the natural beauty that attracts countless visitors each year.”

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