Owning an electric car became a whole lot easier for Houston, TX, residents. The city plans to support these vehicles by issuing permits within hours for installing charging stations at home and designating special HOV lanes for electric cars. Additionally, the energy company, NRG Energy Inc., has announced that it will build a network of 150 charging stations for electric cars.
The stations will be dotted throughout the city in retail locations such as Best Buy and Walgreens stores and in public parking facilities. One third of the stations will be able to charge a vehicle in about 30 minutes; the rest will take about four to six hours.
Texas is one of the first states in the country slated to receive electric cars and Houston's charging network will be the first of its kind in the U.S. But NRG plans to build similar networks in other cities—next stop Dallas.