Electric vehicles charge forward in Texas

Utilities consider role, opportunities in keeping pace with needs of EV drivers

To keep pace with the growing electricity needs of electric vehicle drivers, TXU Energy has rolled out charging stations across Dallas and Fort Worth and continues to invest in EVs and charging infrastructure.

Charging your vehicle may soon become as routine as charging your mobile device for many Texans. Electric vehicle registrations are accelerating in Texas, numbering 4,400 EVs as of July 7, according to the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

While still a small percentage of total vehicle registrations in the state, the number of registered EVs grew by more than 50 percent in the past year, the NCTCOG data shows, outpacing nationwide EV sales, which are up 35 percent over last year. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex saw more than a 75 percent increase in registrations since last summer with 1,682 registered EVs. The Austin-San Antonio corridor counts 1,269 EVs, followed by 1,098 in the Houston area.

Electric vehicles, which get power from a rechargeable battery pack, are a clean, efficient form of transportation, and play an increasingly important role in our state’s transportation portfolio. To keep pace with the growing electricity needs of EV drivers and to further jump-start EV programs in Texas, TXU Energy rolled out about a dozen charging stations across the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth more than four years ago and continues to invest in EVs, including charging infrastructure, and rewards employees who invest in electric and hybrid vehicles.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Texas has about 600 public electric charging stations available to plug-in EVs. Pulling up to those plugs most often are the Tesla S, Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF.

Since most owners charge electric vehicles at home at night, TXU Energy’s time-based plan makes EVs more economical. TXU Energy Free Nights recently expanded to give more hours of free electricity to customers who shift energy-consuming activities to nighttime hours.

As the utilities sector as a whole considers its role and the opportunities that stem from the accelerating widespread adoption of EVs, beginning with an industry challenge to electrify utility fleets, TXU Energy is proud to partner with our communities and customers to advance the economic and environmental benefits of this emerging form of transportation.

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