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North Central Texas Council of Governments                                                   

 

Workplace Charging Road Show to Highlight EVs

  Event to help companies considering installing charging stations

July 21, 2015 (Arlington, Texas) – North Texans are invited to learn about electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging at the Dallas-Fort Worth area stop of the Texas Workplace Charging Road Show on July 30 at Microsoft Corp. in Irving. The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. with registration set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

This workshop is hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition and is open to representatives of any employer. Target audiences include facilities and sustainability managers, transportation planners, human resources managers and others interested in the details of providing charging stations at work.

The workshop will feature state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, who authored a bill that would have allowed manufacturers of EVs, such as Tesla, to sell their vehicles directly to consumers in Texas. Current state law requires cars to be sold through dealerships.

Attendees can also hear from representatives of companies offering EV charging to their employees and meet equipment vendors. Microsoft is among the growing list of businesses offering charging stations for employees with plug-in electric vehicles, a benefit likely to become more important as the popularity of EVs increases.

Texas is already among the top 10 states in the number of EVs on the road. Test driving opportunities will be available for people who would like to experience what it is like to drive an electric vehicle.



Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas

Additionally, the workshop will include:

  • A general introduction to EVs and charging stations
  • Information on available EV resources
  • A discussion of how workplace charging can serve as a valuable employee incentive
  • Best practices for installing and managing a successful workplace charging program

Offering charging stations can improve range confidence of EV owners, help employee recruiting and retention and enhance a company’s “green” image. It may also result in a cost savings for companies interested in converting their fleets to electric, since operating costs can be lower. The community may benefit through the resulting improvement to air quality.

This statewide event will also include stops in Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Additional information and registration details can be found at DFWCleanCities.org/workplacecharging. There is no cost for the workshop, which will last until 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

 

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit  www.nctcog.org/trans.

For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.

 

   About Clean Cities:

In 1995, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities became one of the first Clean Cities under the Energy Policy Act’s provision for an organization that promotes the use of alternative fuels to lessen America’s dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities is a locally-based, public/private partnership that seeks to advance energy security, protect environmental and public health, and stimulate economic development by promoting practices and decisions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality, primarily in the transportation sector.

 

   Contact:

Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284 awilson@nctcog.org or Lori Clark (817) 695-9232 lclark@nctcog.org

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7/27/2015  03/17/2009 JS



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