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Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:30 pm
by ecoobsessive
Texans who have not yet purchased: did you know you may be able to get $3,500 credit toward your electric vehicle or other clean car (apparently even used!)
It's hard to qualify (this is Texas, after all) but check out this website:
http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/mo ... clean.html

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:37 am
by Pipcecil
This is a great program - called aircheck texas. My work implements this in the North Texas area. There are some strict criteria to get the money:

- There is an income requirement, 70k for a standard family of 4 or less. So if you are solid middle class/upper midd
- Must be in an air quality non-attainment area (major metro areas of Austin, DFW, Houston - its done by county)
- Current car must have failed an air quality inspection OR be 10 years or older
- Must trade older car in for destruction - cannot sell it

There are MANY cars on the list and most are just better than average MPG gas cars. LEAFs are on there though! Depending on the replacement car depends on the amount you receive (the newest cars with the best MPG get the most money).

If you qualify it is a great plan. The money only exist until it runs out - which usually happens in Septemberish as it is first come first serve. So do it sooner rather than later!

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:40 pm
by ZachMcDonald
Hi folks,

I'm preparing an article about home charging in Texas for Plugincars.com and was wondering if there are any TXU Energy customers here? If so, I'd love to talk to you for a few minutes. Please message me if you're interested.

Thanks!

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:04 pm
by mkjayakumar
I know a friend of mine who is a Leaf owner and a TXU customer. He apparently has signed up for free night plans (long before he got his Leaf). He is not in the forums, but I can ask him any questions you may have and relay it back.

Jay

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:32 am
by Pipcecil
I would help but I am in a forced electricty provider area (aka a co-op) and have NO choice of electricity company and basicly get gouged on price every day. So sad...wish I could help. I never understood how co-ops were exempt from the power choice that all other commercial providers were required to do. I think the reasoning is because I am in a co-op that can vote on its members and shouldn't make a "profit" that its better and I don't need a choice - regardless if said co-op decides to charge more than any other electric provider, its better...right?

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:28 am
by adric22
Pipcecil wrote:I would help but I am in a forced electricty provider area (aka a co-op) and have NO choice of electricity company and basicly get gouged on price every day.


I think if I were in that situation, I'd be installing solar panels, wind turbine, etc..

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:30 am
by vrwl
ZachMcDonald wrote:Hi folks,

I'm preparing an article about home charging in Texas for Plugincars.com and was wondering if there are any TXU Energy customers here? If so, I'd love to talk to you for a few minutes. Please message me if you're interested.

Thanks!


Sorry, no TXU here. We've got CoServ and it is my understanding that we can't switch to something else either.

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:17 am
by Jim
ZachMcDonald wrote:Hi folks,

I'm preparing an article about home charging in Texas for Plugincars.com and was wondering if there are any TXU Energy customers here? If so, I'd love to talk to you for a few minutes. Please message me if you're interested.

Thanks!


I have TXU, but I rarely charge at home. I use the trickle charge when I do. I have an eVgo subscription so I QC whenever I get low. Usually a couple times a week.

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:36 am
by Pipcecil
adric22 wrote:I think if I were in that situation, I'd be installing solar panels, wind turbine, etc..


Wish it were that easy, well cheap really.

Wind turbine won't work because I live in a neighborhood - the wind vortexes that occur from houses being close together create a non-standard wind flow that changes direct too much and/or slows down the wind speed. For a turbine to work (even a rooftop one) you need, on average about 5 acres of clear space surrounding it.

Solar panels are just too expensive. My home is quite energy efficient and average less than 1300 kWh per month (thats with 2 plug-ins requiring one full volt charge per day and at least a 66% leaf charge per day). Rate of return for solar is ~18-20 years. Hard to justify that when I can do other home energy efficieny improvements that give me a faster rate of return (heat pump water heater, solar screens, high efficiency windows, storm doors, replacement HVAC unit, LED light conversions, etc). They need a serious drop in price for me to consider them.

Re: Leafs Over Texas!

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:32 am
by Plasbot
New Leaf - 'S' owner here as of last Wednesday.
It came with the DC charger and we found a quick-charging station at a local walgreens:
http://instagram.com/p/fnj6XrPtVV/
They said we have a year of free evgo charging.

We really would like to take it on a trip next week from Fort Worth to Houston.
Is this possible? I haven't figured out how to locate all/any of the quick-charge stations in between DFW and Houston. We don't have access to Carwings so we downloaded some apps, but I'm not sure I trust them enough.