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Weather Blog: A Whole New Way of Getting Around Houston

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:11 PM

You've probably seen them on the cover of the latest Motor Trend or even had a chance to get a test drive when they where in town in October. They're called Electric Vehicles or EV's for short. Very soon you'll have a chance to buy one at your local dealer.

The city of Houston already runs the third largest fleet of hybrids in the United States. It is also one of the leading cities in electric car readiness around the world. Now it wants to add 100 Nissan Leafs to its fleet over the next two years. The problem is where do you charge them, especially if you have a long commute. NRG electric vehicle services has the solution. They will be installing 100 to150 public charging stations in 2011 around the metro Houston area. Major retailers and the city will be the first to have these charging stations. NRG will also offer a payment plan for access to these chargers. The plan will include a charging station for home use as well. Given the initial high cost of a home charger NRG president of electric vehicles services Arun Vanskota feels that this is the most cost effective way to get a home charger.  " I know of no other metro area that is rolling out this kind of infrastructure anywhere" said Mr Vanskota.

HOME CHARGER

PUBLIC CITY CHARGER

The city of Houston is encouraging the use of electric vehicles by offering incentives. The streamlining of the permit process to install a home charger is just the first step. In addition the city plans to offer low cost or free toll road and HOV access. Thanks to this joint venture Houston will not only be the energy capital of the world but also the alternative energy capital.

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