Skip to comments.City Hall wants diesel drivers to swap for electric vehicles
Posted on 11/27/2012 8:04:45 PM PST by smokingfrog
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make a deal with diesel truck owners in the Chicagoland area: give up your truck, and the city will give you a voucher that covers around 60 percent of the cost of a new electric one.
Officials say the project could help with air quality and even quieter streets across the city. By next spring, fleets in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties will be able to apply for the program.
The city is encouraging companies to invest in electric vehicles in order to incrementally improve Chicagos air quality while helping to advance these emerging transportation technologies, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein said in a statement. By offering a voucher at the point of sale, rather than as a post-sale rebate, we hope that more companies will be encouraged to participate in the program.
But not all drivers are jumping at the chance to trade in their truck. Phil LaPalermo, co-owner of All Ways Paving and Plowing, says he's not sure there's an electrical vehicle out there that can compare to the power of a diesel truck. LaPalermo said he likes the idea of using alternative energy sources, but the diesel engine is what keeps his fleet plowing and paving streets all over the city and suburbs.
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I think Rahm Emanuel’s time would be better spent getting rid of the gangs and gang killings then worrying about air quality in Chicago.
One thing about commie libs, they love to spend other people’s money. Cheap bass turds with their own though. The patriotic and “green” thing for this turd to do is pay for the first shipment of this junk out of his own pocket.
Let’s go electric instead of natural gas. dupes.
Chi-Town is rich? Whoda guessed it?
Just get a team of Unicorns to pull the Trucks, problem solved.
lol... just thinking about the amount of electricity that would need to be generated to charge all of the batteries that it would take to move 500 tons of goods down the road for any length of time.
Hey... why stop there? why not electric trains?
I wonder to where the money trail will lead...
Clueless, but what do you expect from government.
It’s only a matter of time until you are ordered to buy a Government Motors Mini-Volt (made in South Korea, naturally)
LMAO.... Has anything Chicago has done has ever been successful??
I see trucks all over Chicago pulled off to the side of the road — dead batteries..... and when it’s freezing out — dying people.
^^ Hey... why stop there? why not electric trains? ^^
You are aware that trains are electric, right? They run diesel generators and use electric drive axles, the original “hybrid”. Streetcars, subways, and the like are pure electric.
What I am waiting for is a tandem dumptruck, or snow plow that is all electric.
Or in North Korea, like this.
It’s my understanding that diesel vehicles are very nearly pollution-free vehicles as is.
A very silly man.
I’m waiting on the first electric 747.
I suppose that could be done.
How long it lasts depends on the starting airspeed and altitude.
Batt A and Batt B switch position might not really matter.
After a few hundred miles, the battery A and battery bvswitch will not matter. :)
I guess putting “747” stickers on the Gossamer Albatross won’t cut it for you?