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Electric Tri-State? Illinois Tollway looks at embedding charging equipment in I-294

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The Illinois Tollway is examining the possibility of embedding equipment into I-294 that would charge electric vehicles as they drive along the road.
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Nice, but simply adding DCFC charge stations every 70 miles would be much more helpful.
HA! When I first read the heading I thought they would be using sensors to "charge" EV drivers a road use tax since they don't pay gasoline tax!
No, the tollway is a quasi private/government agency. Everyone pays a toll, fuel type does not matter. However, EV's are consider "Vehicle: Other" (not a regular car IOW) for this system —not that they tell you that anywhere.

I started getting huge penalty bills because even though our Bolt has a toll transponder, since we did not check that Other box, they essentially treated it as having no transponder. They did back off after a phone call.
I don’t get it. Your vehicle has a transponder registered to it and is V-toll I.D.’d by the license plate. That makes no sense to have to check an OTHER box. How is that any different than the Volt. Mine has a transponder I don’t recall any special boxes to check when I registered it. I just checked my tollway registration. Under vehicle class it says [ auto / motorcycle (2 axles) ]

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The Volt has a gas engine and is not considered as an EV like the Bolt. wssix99 nailed it, the EV license plate makes the Bolt different. So apparently there was a record mismatch in the tollway system. My transponder's "car" designation did not match the EV vehicle license type of "other".

They did reverse the penalties (about $70!) after the call straightened out what was going on.

That you have car, truck, motorcycle, other as vehicle types and then the Bolt is thrown into "other" because of it's motive energy source is a bit weird. It's not a car because it lacks the Volt's ICE seems like a bit of non-logic to me, but whatever, is what it is.
Well, they're "Add at Belvidere Oasis" away from having exactly that, at least as far as the Tollway itself is concerned. Lake Forest, O'Hare, and Lincoln are already so-equipped.
I stopped at the I-88 oasis by DeKalb on my Iowa trip to see if any were there yet, nope.

Now, what's Wisconsin doing along I-94?
The transponder isn't coded to a plate type. The transponder only corresponds to a vehicle classification, by number of axles. The Tolls are all the same per number of axles, so that's all that matters.

It sounds like your transponder wasn't read once or twice and that you were secondarily video tolled when you went through. When your plate type in the system doesn't match your physical type in real life, the plate doesn't match your account and it gets processed as a violation.

The Volts (and all EV's) have transponder problems and won't have 100% reads like normal cars. So, you'll video toll a lot more in an EV. The Illinois Tollway gives us 5 video tolls a month at the transponder rate (before they kick up to the higher cash rate) to account for these sorts of blips.

The coating in our windshields makes it harder for the tags in the passenger compartment to be read, so there is a Plate Transponder that we can get. (I use one now. I also had the same video toll experience you had.) The Plate Transponders work great in the open road tolling gantries but some of the smaller funnel lanes (and the Skyway) aren't calibrated well for them, so sometimes they will misread and still video toll.
Great info, thanks!

For many years we kept the transponder in the 2011 Volt's cubby on top of the dash (later cars don't have this cubby). Never had an issue until recently. Maybe it was being video tolled the whole time, I don't know. After a spate of non-read penalties (fixed with a phone call) we now keep it on the glass.
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