Texas gov.: State drivers should think electric

By Angela K. Brown

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 8 2011 5:31 p.m. MDT

A Nissan Leaf (left) and a Chevy Volt (right) are charged during a demo at the first ever quick charge electric vehicle charging station in the state of Texas, located at the Walgreens at Beltline and Monfort, which was unveiled in Dallas on Friday, April 8, 2011. It is one of dozens of new stations NRG Energy Inc. and others are planing for Dallas and Houston.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says people should envision electric cars — not just oil and gas — when they think about Texas.

Perry says he's glad Dallas and Houston are getting more charging stations for electric cars, even though they're not part of an extensive network yet. He spoke Friday at an event in Arlington for NRG Energy.

The company's new station in Dallas is the state's first fast-charging station, which can add 30 miles of range to an electric car in as few as 10 minutes. Texas already has dozens of charging stations in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and some suburbs.

Industry officials say all electric cars can be charged at those slower-charging stations that add power in about four to eight hours.

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