"So when those electric vehicles hit Houston, we are ready. So that Houstonians can charge up their cars the day that they buy their car off the lot."
By being included in The EV Project, Houston will get extra help in establishing its electric car infrastructure. Houston will also be developing what's called a MicroClimate Plan, which aims to create a customized EV plan that fits the specific needs of Houston. Jeanine L'Ecuyer is with ECOtality.
"It is a way of calling together stakeholders, and that includes businesses, it includes governments, it includes people who are, we like to call them EV enthusiasts, but basically they are drivers who interested in this cleaner kind of transportation, and thinking through, what is the best way to do this? Where should publically available chargers go? How many is going to be necessary?"
Along with ECOtality, the city will be working with the Clinton Climate Initiative, and the Houston Advanced Research Center to increase the number of charging stations and to expand EV deployment in Houston.
Wendy Siegle, KUHF News.