Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles Now Available at Quad City Airport

October  17, 2012

    Electric cars can now re-fuel for free at the Quad City Airport. This morning it held a ribbon cutting for, four electric vehicle charging stations. They're located in the short-term parking lot, and each has a reserved parking space.
    The airport received help in planning and completing the project from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and a Chicago-based non-profit economic development organization called the Delta Institute.
    Director of Aviation, Bruce Carter, says he's pleased the airport is one of the first public facilities in the area to offer this service. The airport and Genesis Health System will pay for the electricity, for the next five years, so it's free for car owners.
    Chamber ceo, Tara Barney, says it's a way to "help position us for the green future."  And she hopes it's the first of a network of charging stations in the Quad Cities to support electric vehicles.
    The total cost was 14,000 dollars - 6,000 for the equipment, and 8,000 for installation and other expenses. Grants from the US EPA and Department of Energy provided most of the money.
    Electric vehicle charging stations are also available in downtown Rock Island, in the city's parking ramp, at Tri-City Electric, and at Chevrolet and Nissan dealers.