With Subsidies, Electric Cars Gaining Foothold in Texas

By the end of this year, Austinites should be able to buy the new electric car from Chevrolet, called the Volt. By next February, hundreds of Leafs, Nissan's plug-in car, will be on the roads around Houston, which also announced on Thursday that it would allow purchasers of the Volt to charge their cars for free. Already, at least 30 Texans own Teslas, a high-end plug-in roadster.

The numbers aren't exactly earth-shattering — there are 21 million-plus cars on Texas roads. But the new influx should more than double the number of plug-in vehicles in the state, estimated to ...

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