Illinois' portion of Route 66 to receive high-tech upgrade

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CHICAGO - A portion of the historic Route 66 that cuts through Illinois is expected to receive a high-tech upgrade that will benefit electric vehicle users.

Officials say a $1 million project to install electric car charging stations along the 300-mile stretch of Route 66 will begin this month.  The project is being supported by automakers, and will have technical help from the University of California at Davis.  

Eight cities are expected to receive the charging stations, with each stop having a minimum of one fast-charging station.  Fast-charging stations can charge a car in about 15-20 minutes.

Work on the project is expected to be completed by summer 2015.
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