Illinois High Schools Receive Grants for EVs - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources  -  August 24, 2023

Illinois High Schools Receive Grants for EVs

Five northern Illinois high schools each received a $50,000 grant to purchase electric transportation technology to learn about the advantages of driving zero-emissions vehicles.

The grants were funded by ComEd’s EVs for Education program, which provides a total of $250,000 toward the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging equipment for use in driver’s education classes.

Schools selected to participate in the program receive a grant to help electrify their driver’s education curriculum by adding at least one EV to their existing vehicle fleet and purchasing at least one Level 2 EV charger. 

Since 2019, ComEd awarded a total of $950,000 to 19 high schools in northern Illinois through the grant program.

The EVs for Education program is a component of ComEd’s work to accelerate EV adoption throughout the region and to deliver on a key goal of the state’s landmark Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), which sets a goal of adding 1 million EVs to Illinois roads by 2030.

The schools selected to participate in the 2023-2024 EVs for Education program are:

  • Bloom Trail High School, Chicago Heights
  • Bremen High School, Midlothian
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island
  • Rockford East High School, Rockford
  • Sterling High School, Sterling

"We are excited to partner with ComEd on the EVs for Education initiative,” said Rockford Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Greg Brown in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to not only drive electric vehicles but also get classroom education and training on EVs, as well."

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