Gov. JB Pritzker wants to see one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.  -  Photo: Canva/Illinois Governor's Office

Gov. JB Pritzker wants to see one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

Photo: Canva/Illinois Governor's Office

The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act is now law in that state, providing incentives to build EV facilities, train Illinois graduates, and create thousands of jobs. The goal: to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

Earlier this year, Illinois saw the opening of Lion Electric’s new factory in Joliet. The first school bus rolled off that assembly line this fall.

Boosting EV Opportunities

The new law, which prioritizes underserved communities and communities affected by energy transitions, offers:

  • Tax credits for income tax withholding.
  • Training costs.
  • Tax exemptions.
  • Investment credits.
  • Property tax abatements for EV projects.

“By signing the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act into law, we’re making clear to the world that Illinois is open for business and on track to be the best place in the nation to manufacture and drive an electric vehicle,” Pritzker said. “It’s no secret that transportation is the leading source of climate pollution – so we’re incentivizing green economic development. It’s good for business – and it’s the right thing to do. The Reimagining Vehicles Act is about acknowledging there doesn’t need to be a trade-off between a cleaner environment and more jobs. We can do both, and today we take a giant leap forward in that quest.”

The credits range from 75 percent to 100 percent of income tax withheld for creating new jobs or 25 percent to 50 percent for retained employees, depending on various factors such as company location. The act incentivizes employers to locate their new facilities in communities that historically have been left out of investment.

Ready to Benefit

"Under Governor Pritzker's leadership, Illinois is taking bold action to address climate change and to make sure Illinoisans are prepared to capture the economic benefits of the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry," said Sylvia Garcia, acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). "The REV Illinois Program marks a major milestone for Illinois and will support the growth of our advanced manufacturing economy, expand skills training for workers, and drive new investment to areas of need so that more residents can be a part of the work to electrify and modernize our state."

Additional enhancements include a 20 percent price preference for EVs built in Illinois for state procurements and the creation of an EV Permitting Task Force to ensure permits for EV projects are streamlined. The legislation builds upon the administration's commitment to improving the state's infrastructure, by permitting the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to prioritize road projects that directly assist with locating an EV facility and the project's infrastructure needs.

Said Mark Denzler, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association: “This law builds on our state’s proud history of auto manufacturing and positions Illinois to become a national leader in electric vehicle and battery production. These incentives will encourage economic investment, allowing us to keep and grow good-paying manufacturing jobs in an exciting and flourishing industry.”

“Illinois is on the precipice of being the electric vehicle hub of the Midwest and the country,” said State Rep. Michael Zalewski of Riverside.

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Originally posted on School Bus Fleet

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