State to go greener

Published 08/21 2013 11:49AM

Updated 08/21 2013 11:53AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is already considered one of the most environmentally-friendly states in the country, but now it's going even greener. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

In two years, a fourth of the cars the state buys have to run on alternative fuel. Environmentalists are thrilled, but not everyone thinks it's the best use of tax dollars.

The state owns a lot of cars. There are more than 15,000 traveling our roads. They guzzle millions of gallons of gas each year. So, starting in two years, the state fleet is set to Go Green.

One in four cars the state buys will have to run on alternate fuel sources like electricity or natural gas. More green cars mean the state needs more green fill-up stations.

So, under the law, there will be at least one at each tollway oasis and some at rest stops throughout the state. It could make owning a hybrid a little easier for all drivers.

"I think that the government has to drive that kind of market to make fuel efficiency and to make hybrids and things like that more accessible for everybody."

"Do you think you might get one now?"

"Yes. Definitely, my next car will be a hybrid."

But, not everyone is sold.

"In the long run, I think it's probably a good idea, however, I think the State of Illinois probably has a few more things right now they could spend their money on."

Clean cars cost more than traditional ones, plus they need to be filled up more often. So, critics worry going green could cost too much green.

"Illinois has enough trouble with their tax dollars."

Illinois already has the largest network in the country of fast-charging stations for electric cars. If you're battery is totally dead, it takes about 30 minutes to get it fully charged.

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