By Alex Ortiz

The Will County Board Land Use Committee learned about a pilot program to install electric vehicle charging stations at county facilities during a meeting on Tuesday.

Marta Keane, a recycling program specialist with the Will County Land Use Department, gave a presentation about the potential for charging station infrastructure locally. She gave an overview of the different types of charging stations the county could install and the relative cost and infrastructure needs of each.

She said installing charging stations could provide several benefits, including making the community more attractive to businesses and young home buyers, and encouraging employees to invest in electric vehicles, which are more environmentally friendly.

“It just shows that we’re forward planning putting these things in and leading by example,” Keane said.

Keane said the pilot program will begin with one dual-head charging station at the Will County Health Department’s new facility set to open later this year. She added there is also wiring available to install a second station.

She said the Land Use Department would also like to see charging stations in parking lots at the new Will County Courthouse when that’s completed.

She pointed to efforts of other communities like Chicago that are trying to become more electric-vehicle friendly. The Chicago City Council voted last year to require new large multifamily developments to provide at least two electric vehicle charging-ready spaces in their lots, according to Keane.