Charge Up Your Electric Cars For Free In Downtown Houston, For A While

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Officials from Houston and Nissan announced today that the Electric Car is terrific, and Houston is jumping on the electric bandwagon.

The city will be buying even more electric cars -- specifically the Nissan LEAF -- to bring its total fleet to 40, and it will be "consolidating its motor pool," which sounds like it means getting rid of clunkers.

"The city's fleet currently consists of many older and underutilized vehicles with high
maintenance costs and poor gas mileage," Mayor Annise Parker said. "A consolidated motor pool of younger, more fuel efficient vehicles reduce these costs and helps clean the air."

But that's not all!!!

All of you Houstonians who are driving around in electric cars can get free juice downtown for the rest of this year.

Ten charging stations will be opening and, through a partnership with Reliant Energy, will be operating free of charge through 2010.

"I want to congratulate the city of Houston and Nissan on today's agreement," said Jason Few, president of Reliant Energy, in the city's announcement. "This important step builds on the agreement we reached with Nissan late last year and is critical to the success of electric vehicles in Houston."

Next: Flying cars!! And jetpacks!!

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