rodhugo wrote:I had not heard of Texas thinking about launching a rebate plan. Can you point me to the details?
Texas legistlature passed it this last session, but the final "rules" have not been written so its not avialable yet (its $2,500). How its distributed, is it retroactive, what vehicles qualify (i.e. do plug ins count?), is there other limitations, I have no clue. Until the rules are written all that is known is $2,500 per purchase with a max of 3.8 million spent (per year I believe), with the program ending August 31, 2015 (unless its extended).
adric22 wrote:Most of our Chademo chargers around here are installed by EVGO, which is privately funded. I'm honestly not sure why Austin has been left out. It'd be nice if at least Nissan could step in and provide a few.
It probably has to do with electric "turf war". eVgo is an NRG company (reliant energy, etc.). NRG is big in Houston and DFW since most of the areas have the provider option. Austin is supplied with Austin Energy and San Antonio is CPS. Neither have the power to choose option (and therefore NRG is non-existant theree). I am betting, because of this, NRG can't (or won't?) build units in these areas. In fact, if you notice, Austin and San Antonio have a BUNCH of ChargePoint stations, but almost no Blink units (opposite of the rest of the state). Thats because Austin Energy and CPS made a deal with ChargePoint and the stations are implemented through the energy company. Its almost like cable companies, why move into an area to "compete" with someone when you can just focus on your areas or claiming areas without anything yet.
As for the Nissan Dealerships? I don't know what the deciding factor for them to install DC Fast chargers. It seemed they were almost avoiding Texas - maybe because NRG has dominance here? There is most likely A LOT more going on in the background than we know of.