Tuesday , 24 April 2018

It’s Electric! First Electric Vehicle Gets Plugged In

The City of McKinney’s first electric vehicle (EV) plugs into its very own EV charging station today at the city’s Roy and Helen Hall Library downtown provided through the TXU Energy EV Accelerator ProgramSM.  

This station is one of the city’s four planned charging stations. Other charging stations will be located at the McKinney Senior Recreation Center, as well as the office buildings for the Development Services and Public Work departments. The TXU Energy EV Accelerator ProgramSM helps customers like the City of McKinney ‘jump-start’ their adoption of EVs and associated charging stations.

In addition to installing the charging stations, TXU Energy worked with the City of McKinney to secure a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, who is funding the conversion of three existing city vehicles, Toyota Prius hybrids, into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

“We see interest from cities in electric vehicles, and we try to provide solutions our customers and communities want,” said Jim Burke, chief executive officer for TXU Energy. “We intend to be a leader in the movement toward greater use of electric vehicles because it’s important for our customers, it’s important for Texas, and it makes good business sense.”

“McKinney has a reputation for being a leader in sustainable practices. Public – private partnerships like this one with TXU Energy are important to us as we continue to grow our sustainable mission without negatively impacting our budget or allocating additional tax dollars to projects like this,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller. “By making charging stations convenient for residents and using hybrid electric vehicles in the city fleet, McKinney continues to lead the way and expand our commitment to the environment and sustainable growth, while reducing expenditures in other operational areas associated with fleet use. With the ability to utilize Department of Energy Grant funding provided to the city for projects related to energy conservation as well as monetary rebates from TXU Energy for this program,  not only are we conserving energy, we are also conserving financial resources.”

The City of McKinney’s sustainability programs are led by the Office of Environmental Stewardship. Currently, the community is creating a sustainability plan and implementing projects from a recent Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant of more than $1 million received from the Department of Energy (DOE). The projects have been open to community input through a series of meetings and include a renewable demonstration project, a bicycle study, an urban canopy study and a water conservation program.

TXU Energy is providing $150,000 in rebates to the City of McKinney through its Brighten GreenBackSM program of energy saving solutions. This includes the TXU Energy EV Accelerator ProgramSM and various energy efficiency incentives. These rebates to the city are included in a four-year contract the city recently signed with TXU Energy for electricity service.

BrightenSM GreenBack, an energy savings solution from TXU Energy, gives businesses incentives for making a positive impact on the environment.

With Brighten GreenBack funds, business customers can invest in and modify their facilities when they sign up on or renew a 12-month minimum term commodity contract. These funds are above and beyond what could be received from local transmission and distribution utilities. And, business customers can make modifications, including through the EV Accelerator Program, that save energy and money now and in the future.

Eldorado of Cheverlet in McKinney has the Volt, comming in at $44,000. That gets you 95 “miles per gallon” in the city and 90 “MPG” on the highway.

Unfortunately Nissan of McKinney doesn’t have any Leafs available but a quick look shows Courtesy Nissan of Richardson has several for about $34,000. According to the “eBrochure” MPG info is “N/A.” (Probably because gas isn’t in the equation?)

What do you think about electric cars?

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