Texas plans to add more electric car charging stations as dealers see more interest

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – Texas is looking at ways to make it easier for drivers to charge electric vehicles. TxDOT plans to add more electric vehicle charging stations across the state as part of a five-year plan. The plan will focus on adding stations along major corridors and busy interstate highways.

A Texas A&M Transportation Institute researcher says the plan could get off to a good start.

“We’re actually in a good position to be ready to deploy the necessary infrastructure to go along with recent pressure from automakers and political pressures for electric vehicle sales to really increase,” said Alice Grossman, associate researcher at Texas A&M Transportation. Institute.

College Station Nissan says they are seeing more interest in plug-in cars like the Nissan Leaf.

“This one, it was the only one we had and it’s sold out. It’s pre-sold and we’ve actually gotten a lot more inquiries about them than we don’t usually get a ton of inquiries on Leaf,” said Michael Johnson, Sales Manager, College Station Nissan.

As more and more electric cars are developed, the price of gasoline is also pushing drivers towards an electric option.

“Just because of, as you say, gas prices, they’re going up. People are looking for these electric cars,” added College Station Nissan Sales Professional Justin Johnson.

Funding comes from the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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