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Is Texas passing California in the electric car race?

April 21st, 2011

David Crane, CEO of New Jersey-based NRG Energy, has become accustomed to the long pauses and surprised looks. Everyone knows the electric car is coming, but most envisioned it coming to California or other more cutting-edge locales first. When Crane first discussed his company’s choice for its first big foray into making privately-owned high-speed charging stations a reality, he had quite a different message to deliver.

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Electric cars becoming a reality

October 8th, 2010

Chevy's new Volt makes an appearance at the State Fair of Texas. (Photo: Green Right Now)

Imagine an array of wind turbines in West Texas, whirring away, generating electricity to be transmitted to more populous areas of the state. Imagine that clean, green power surging into your home. Then, imagine your new, state-of-the-art electric car plugged into a 240-volt outlet in your garage, charging that clean-running, environmentally friendly vehicle for the next day’s commute or round of errands. If all that sounds like a nice idea that will never happen, guess again. In Texas it is happening, right now, thanks to a previously unlikely alliance of planners, power infrastructure providers, utility companies and automobile manufacturers, all coming together to help the future get here just a little bit faster.

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Against oil odds, Houston races to a greener future

May 14th, 2010

The Bayou City -- Greener than you think (Photo: Green Right Now)

The Bayou City -- greener than you think (Photo: Green Right Now)

Driving around Houston, or idling in traffic on one of the city’s big expanses of highway, it’s hard to think of the nation’s oil capital as a green city. Like other sprawling Sunbelt meccas built on the assumption that roads were forever, the city deals with intense traffic-related pollution. It’s known in the parlance of the EPA as a “non-attainment” metro area for its inability to meet healthy air quality targets. It can mount a hazy skyline to rival L.A.’s and it’s got the added burden of benzene and other toxics wafting in from nearby oil refineries. And still, the petrol city gets that it is a new greener day in America.

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Get answers about Nissan’s new Leaf

August 7th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Nissan has opened a chat room to discuss it’s newly unveiled all-electric vehicle (EV), the Leaf, with potential customers.

The car company’s also publishing more pictures of the family sedan, due out in 2010 and revealed this past weekend in Japan.

Many of the questions, predictably, center on the infrastructure to support electric vehicles. For instance, how does an apartment-dweller recharge the thing? There’s not a great answer for that, just yet; apartment building owners will have to get on board and provide parking lot charging stations. Nissan replies that urbanites might find some help at public facilities.

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