Illinois is showcasing its electric vehicles. Ken Miller, director of vehicles for the state’s Department of Central Management Services, says the state owns 55 all-electric cars, mostly for motor pool use. Miller supervises a fleet of 9,000 vehicles.
“The maintenance is pretty much zero,” Miller says of the upside of the vehicles, whose sticker price is more than their gasoline-powered counterparts. “other than tires, brakes, maybe changing the wiper blades. Because there's no emissions, there's no exhaust system, there's no motor; you're not changing the oil.”
Miller and a few of the vehicles were at the Governor’s Mansion Tuesday, midway through the Electric Vehicle Road Trip, organized by the Illinois Green Economy Network.