- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois community colleges are in the middle of a three-day road trip to promote electric vehicle charging stations.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon helped kick off the event on Monday at John A. Logan College in Carterville. It will end on Wednesday about 370 miles north at College of Lake County in Grayslake.

The road trip was organized by the Illinois Green Economy Network. The goal is to demonstrate how community colleges have helped strengthen the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure and to challenge more Illinois employers to offer charging stations for their workers.

The car driven by students and staff will stop at 11 community colleges that have electric vehicle charging stations.

Organizers say the trip also will show prospective drivers that they can travel long distances in electric vehicles.

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