First Oak Parker uses electric-car perk

Glenn Hunter will get free parking for the next two years

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

The first Oak Park resident has taken advantage of a new perk for electric-car owners, about three months after the program first started.

Back in November, the village board approved an incentive that would give anyone who owns an electric car two years of free parking. And last week, Glenn Hunter became the first person to use the perk, according to Village Manager Tom Barwin’s blog, Mission Main Street.  

The Electric Car Company-brand vehicle reportedly went for about $17,010, after a federal tax credit, and Hunter is also selling the cars at

Village hall instituted the perk last year, hoping to entice villagers to buy the cars and help save the environment.

“With the reality of climate change and the prospects of ever increasing gas prices, the E-car, or cars like them, could be a big hit in communities like Oak Park,” Barwin wrote on his blog.


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Posted: February 25th, 2011 11:39 AM

How about free parking for those of us running biofuel?! For three seasons we're moving on 100% soybean oil--that's no petroleum, no nuclear, no coal, no natural gas.

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2011 6:43 PM

As per the most recent Environmental Disclosure Statement for Commonwealth Edison (published January 13, 2011), the fuel source mix for electricity supplied in Oak Park is 53% nuclear power, 36% coal-fired power, 7% natural gas-fired power, 3% renewable power. So basically, free village parking for cars that emit greenhouse gases, pollutants, mercury, and generate nuclear waste.


Posted: February 24th, 2011 12:39 AM

Does the Village plan to purchase any e-cars for it's fleet of vehicles? They are not practical for OPPD & OPFD needs but could certainly be used by Oak Park employees who require an auto in order to perform their duties. Isn't Manager Barwin provided with a car as part of his contract? Let's set him up with one of these models.

Rebecca H. from Oak Park  

Posted: February 23rd, 2011 8:34 PM

Where does the electricity come from; coal, nuclear power, natural gas, the air? Maybe it runs on his good intentions? Smart guy though for evading all the parking tickets.


Posted: February 23rd, 2011 7:05 PM

A nice story, but what will towns (OP,RF,FP,etc) do with all the apartments and condo buildings? Where will the renter on Washington Blvd (for example) plug in?

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