Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Test Drive An EV To Help Texas Tree Population

Published August 22, 2012

By Philippe Crowe

eVgo has launched EVs for Trees to help raise funds to plant and maintain trees in Texas.

In 2011, Texas suffered one of the worst droughts in recorded history and in 2012, tornadoes in North Texas caused devastating damage. The drought and tornadoes together destroyed more than 500 million trees statewide – 10 percent of the state’s total - according to the Texas Forest Service.

eVgo has partnered with local tree planting organizations, retail energy providers and auto dealerships to provide drivers with an added incentive to test drive an electric vehicle (EV) through the EVs for Trees program.

When someone test drives an all-electric Mitsubishi “i” or Nissan LEAF between now and December 1st at a participating EVs for Trees dealership, the dealer will donate $25 to The Texas Tree Foundation in North Texas or Trees for Houston.

Additionally, if the driver is a Green Mountain Energy or Reliant customer, these companies will donate an extra $25. Each driver’s participation could result in as much as a $75 donation to their local tree organization if both EVs featured in the program are test driven.

Throughout the program, EVs for Trees test drive vouchers will be available for download online at and will be given out at eVgo exhibits at approximately 80 events across Texas, including the State Fair.

No purchase is necessary; drivers can simply take the voucher to a participating dealer and test drive an electric car to generate a donation to Trees for Houston or The Texas Tree Foundation.

The EVs for Trees program will generate funding to care for distressed trees and plant new trees.

EVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., is creating the nation’s first privately funded, comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem. The eVgo network gives EV owners new freedom and range confidence via home charging and conveniently located fast-charging stations.

The following dealerships are participating in EVs for Trees:

Champion Mitsubishi

Don Herring Mitsubishi Irving

Don Herring Mitsubishi Plano

Grubbs Nissan

HUB Mitsubishi

McDavid Nissan

Mossy Nissan

Nissan of McKinney


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