EV Readiness

Are you ready for an electric vehicle (EV) future? As part of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus EV Readiness program, the City of Darien is making sure we are ready to support EV ownership.

Getting Started
EV Resources 
EV Benefits 
Types of Charging Stations
EV Charging Station Permit Information 

Getting Started
If you’re thinking about getting an EV, or if you already have one, be sure the keep these things in mind:

  1. Review your options for EV models and EV chargers. ComEd has a comprehensive page to get you started.
  2. Review the basics of safety for charging and EVs.
  3. Find nearby EV Charging Stations - The City of Darien will be installing up to 2 level 3 charging stations that will be located in the City Hall Complex. Find others at:
  1. Register your EV with ComEd
  2. Choose an EV Charging Station installer who is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission.
EV Resources

-EV Smart (ComEd): Explore EV Options, calculate your savings, and more!

-Federal tax credit information:

-Illinois rebate for new EVs (Please note the program only accepts applications when funding is available)

-Cook County EV resources.

-Find the right electricity rate to maximize savings on your electricity bill.

-US Department of Energy Resources:

 -Find Used EVs for sale

EV Benefits
EVs have several advantages over gasoline powered vehicles:
  • Energy efficient. EVs convert over 77% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 12%–30% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.
  • Lower emissions. EVs do not emit tailpipe emissions, which makes them a cleaner option to operate compared to gasoline or diesel vehicles, especially if charged with renewable energy.
  • Improved air quality. Lower emissions lead to better local air quality.
  • Performance benefits. Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration.
  • Reduced maintenance costs. EVs have fewer moving parts and don’t require oil changes, tune-ups, cooling system flushes, and other common maintenance services needed for traditional vehicles.
  • Reduced energy dependence. Electricity is a domestic energy source.
  • Our community is applying for grants to install EV charging stations in town, to ensure that our residents have access to EV chargers. We are also posting information about EV incentives on our website and social media, to let residents know about available funding opportunities that could make EVs more affordable.

Types of Charging Stations
EV charging equipment is available in three different levels, depending upon the rate at which the battery is charged and the type of power (i.e. AC or DC).

  • Level 1 – This type of charger is a standard power outlet (120 volts). They have an average charging rate of 2-5 miles of range per hour of charging.
  • Level 2 - This type of charger requires a heavy-duty electrical circuit and plug (240 volts) with an average charging rate of 10-20 miles of range per hour of charging. These can be installed at home or the workplace.
  • Level 3 (DC fast chargers) - This class of charger can achieve up to an 80% charge in 20-30 minutes (480 volts). They are typically found adjacent high-traffic areas such as rest stops and shopping centers. These are typically not used at home or the workplace.

EV Charging Station Permit Information
If you are considering adding a charging station to your home or garage, please be aware that a permit is required for the work. Work will need to be completed by a state-licensed contractor. 

EV Charging - Residential Permit Application & Checklist
EV Charging - Multi Family & Commercial Permit Application & Checklist

Note that multi-family and commercial EVCS permit applicants may have to submit a Modification and Relocation Service Application through ComEd to accommodate a substantial increase in new load.