PlugInChicago.org is a project of the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC). We are working to advance electric vehicles because they help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, produce less pollution than conventional cars, and can help consumers save money — particularly with recent fluctuations in gas prices. Here in the Midwest, the potential for job growth in the auto industry is yet another reason to be excited about electric cars. Metro-Chicago has the potential to be one of the leading markets for these new vehicles, and one of the first cities to fully embrace the electric car. Government support for public charging stations, entrepreneurial ingenuity in the business community and low-cost power available for nighttime charging are just some of the ingredients that will make Chicago a market leader.
ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to protect our natural resources and improve environmental quality. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings an effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems.
ELPC’s strategic advocacy proposes solutions when we oppose threats to the Midwest environment. We say “yes” to better solutions; we don’t just say “no”. We work throughout the Midwest to meet two major needs: (1) public interest legal, economic and technical resources devoted to the most important environmental and natural resources issues; and (2) a strategic regional perspective as environmental issues are increasingly regional in scope, complex, and require coordinated strategies to shape public policy. ELPC provides regional leadership in shaping sustainable environmental development policy innovations.
ELPC was founded in 1993 after a year-long strategic planning process sponsored by seven major foundations. We have achieved a strong track record of successes on clean energy development and pollution reduction, transportation and land use reform (smart growth versus sprawl strategies), and natural resources protection issues. ELPC brings a new form of creative public advocacy that effectively links environmental progress and economic development and improves the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.
Additional EV Resources
- Webinar Podcast: Electric Car Trends and Policy Updates. ELPC’s webinar about Electric Car Trends and Policy Updates highlighted the challenges and opportunities ahead for electric cars to succeed on America’s roads and in America’s factories. ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner, Edmunds.com Senior Green Car Editor John O’Dell, and ELPC Senior Policy Advocate Madeleine Weil presented and responded to questions.
- ELPC’s Frequently Asked Questions about Plug-Ins
- ComEd EV Resources
- U.S. Dept. of Energy Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center
- ComEd Real-Time Electricity Prices
- The 21st Century Electric Car
- History of the Electric Car
- Tesla’s State-by-State EV Incentives Database