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Houston Drives EV Green Changes with Perseverance and Partnerships – News Watch

This post is authored by Margo Evans, Marketing Director, Smith & Associates and Founding Member of Smith Sustainability Group, Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager, City of Houston, and Jedediah Greenfield, Public Information Officer, City of Houston.

Sustainability is a critical element of the City of Houston’s planning. Over the next 15 years, this fourth-largest city in the U.S. is forecasted to see population growth of 15 percent or more. Among these sustainability efforts – branded as “Green Houston” – is the successful and growing EV municipal share-fleet and public EV infrastructure expansion to support and promote EV adoption in Houston.

Growing a green fleet

The City’s light-duty fleet share programme boasts over 50 percent hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles– 750 hybrids, 27 Nissan Leaf BEVs and 15 Toyota Prius PHEVs. For Houston, keeping a well-balanced, mixed fleet is important to be able to travel the large distances from one side of the city to the other, as well as across the vast state of Texas. Locally, however, the majority of municipal use is easily handled by EVs and the utilization rate for this green fleet has steadily increased.

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Houston Drives EV Green Changes with Perseverance and Partnerships – News Watch

This post is authored by Margo Evans, Marketing Director, Smith & Associates and Founding Member of Smith Sustainability Group, Lisa Lin, Sustainability Manager, City of Houston, and Jedediah Greenfield, Public Information Officer, City of Houston.

Sustainability is a critical element of the City of Houston’s planning. Over the next 15 years, this fourth-largest city in the U.S. is forecasted to see population growth of 15 percent or more. Among these sustainability efforts – branded as “Green Houston” – is the successful and growing EV municipal share-fleet and public EV infrastructure expansion to support and promote EV adoption in Houston.

Growing a green fleet

The City’s light-duty fleet share programme boasts over 50 percent hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles– 750 hybrids, 27 Nissan Leaf BEVs and 15 Toyota Prius PHEVs. For Houston, keeping a well-balanced, mixed fleet is important to be able to travel the large distances from one side of the city to the other, as well as across the vast state of Texas. Locally, however, the majority of municipal use is easily handled by EVs and the utilization rate for this green fleet has steadily increased.

More http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/10/houston-drives-ev-green-changes-with-perseverance-and-partnerships/

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