A congressman and a state representative are confident that Illinois will be able to handle more electric and hybrid cars as they continue to hit the market. New standards have been announced that will increase fuel economy to 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025. To reach that goal, there likely will be more cars that run on gasoline and battery power, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) says.
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“There’s a role the government has to play to put the infrastructure in place,” Quigley said. “There’s a role the government has to play to push towards these things.” State Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) says the Electric Vehicle Advisory Council continues to look at the best way to continue upgrades to electrical systems across the state in order to handle the large number of charging stations such changes would bring. “We are on the cusp of a new technology and unfortunately you know the law often fails to keep up with new technologies, but this is one where we set up the advisory council for just that purpose,” Williams said.
Nationally, the new standards will save consumers $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce oil consumption by 12 billion barrels from 2017 to 2025.