November 2, 2019. Illinois is receiving federal money to help build infrastructure for alternative-fuel vehicles along Interstate 80.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says the grant is part of an effort to create an alternative-fuel corridor that supports electric vehicles and vehicles that run on natural gas. It will span six states, from New Jersey to the Iowa-Nebraska border.

The $70,000 in federal funds will be combined with $10,000 each from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The money will be used to identify gaps along Interstate 80 where fueling and charging facilities aren’t available, and to provide those options.

Omer Osman is the acting secretary of IDOT. He says “these improvements will help make interstate travel on alternative fuel a reality” and make travel more environmentally friendly.