Illinois may become more electric car-friendly – at the cost of a $1 license plate renewal fee increase. The state's Electric Vehicle Advisory Council has proposed the hikes to help pay for electric charging stations around the state. State Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-East Moline), chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, says the proposal gives Illinois a chance to be a leader in alternative energy.
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“This would help jump start the electric car industry. Then the question comes, is this the right place to raise the funds? I'm not quite sure. I'm not sold yet. $1 is not a lot for an increase on the fee,” Jacobs says. Max Muller, program director of Environment Illinois, says the proposal is a step forward but Illinois has further to go. “We need to move the entire fleet of cars or the vast majority of them. That will allow us to get off of oil, not entirely but in a very large part get off of oil, reduce our dependence on other countries where we get the oil from,” he said. The advisory council has set a goal of 100,000 electric vehicles on Illinois roads by 2015.