Houston launches city-wide EV network
Continuing its groundbreaking sustainability efforts, Texas’s largest city has launched a major city-wide electric vehicle program called “Houston Drives Electric.” Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities Program, which is now a fully integrated partner with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), power producer NRG Energy’s eVgo program and charging station manufacturer ECOtality are moving this car-dependent city toward a more sustainable transportation network.
The product of a year of planning and discourse between city leaders and advocates, Houston Drives Electric provides a blueprint for public/private collaboration as America’s electric vehicle infrastructure continues to grow rapidly. Mayor Parker announced the new program from a Houston grocery store parking lot, where the city’s first “Freedom Station” is located. The name for the new charging stations underscores one of the broader goals of switching to electric cars: the need to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Jay Carson, Chief Executive Officer of the C40, had this to say about the project:
"Houston's partnership with ECOtality on the EV Micro-Climate Program is significant because only through public/private collaboration will cities make electric vehicles a viable option for every driver. In this case, Houston, a C40 City, can quickly and confidently roll out a reliable electric vehicle infrastructure that is convenient and cost-effective for electric vehicle drivers. It will also give those considering purchasing an electric vehicle the confidence that charging facilities are more accessible than ever before."
For a map of the network of planned charging stations, click here.
To learn more about the Houston Drives Electric program, click here.