Ill. gov signs bills to boost electric vehicle use

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today signed two bills into law Saturday that he says will encourage greater use of electric vehicles in Illinois.

The governor's office says these new laws will promote the use of energy efficient vehicles, help reduce emissions produced by gasoline-powered vehicles, and support the development of advanced electric vehicle technology.

"We must do everything we can to encourage sustainable and affordable transportation," said Governor Quinn. "By expanding the use of electric cars, we are creating high-tech jobs, saving consumers money and protecting our environment."

House Bill 2903, sponsored by Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) and Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), establishes a grant program that will help eligible car-sharing organizations purchase and use electric cars in their fleets.

House Bill 2902, sponsored by Rep. Williams and Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Chicago), creates the Illinois Electric Vehicle Advisory Council, which will explore and recommend strategies to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

The new law takes effect immediately.

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