HOUSTON -- Starting on Earth Day, select Houston-area Plato’s Closet and Once A Child resale stores will offer free electric vehicle charging stations for customers while they shop.
“Plato’s Closet and Once Upon A Child are all about recycling,” owner Ann Whitton said. “It just makes sense for us to offer free electric vehicle charging to our customers. We know they care about protecting the environment.” Plato’s Closet and Once Upon A Child are a part of the nationwide Winmark Corporation franchise system. Plato’s Closet specializes in clothes for teens and twenty-somethings, while Once Upon A Child caters to children with clothes, toys and equipment. Each location is individually owned and operated.
Local owners, Norman and Ann Whitton, installed electric vehicle charging stations at 4 of their 8 stores, as an operations efficiency to charge company electric vehicles, which include a Nissan Leaf and a Chevy Volt. The stores also purchase 100 percent renewable electricity for their operations, which makes the electric vehicles emission-free.
“The variable operating cost is about 2 to 4 cents per mile – compared to about 10 to 15 cents per mile for equivalent gasoline-powered vehicles,” Norman Whitton said.
When the charging stations are not already in use by company cars, the owners said the 240-volt, Level II charging stations will be available for free use by any customers, who are just required to sign in inside the store when they arrive.
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