ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVOY COMES TO SOUTH TEXAS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2024
CONTACT: Amanda Alandzes, amandaalandzes.txetra@gmail.com, 702-285-5114

***ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVOY COMES TO SOUTH TEXAS***

AUSTIN, TX – Next week, the Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance (TxETRA) and the Texas Electric School Bus Project (TESBP) are bringing a convoy of electric vehicles (including an electric school bus!) to South Texas from April 22-24. A fleet of 5-7 electric vehicles will travel approximately 770 miles, covering 5 cities: Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Laredo, Kerrville, and San Antonio.

The tour aims to inform South Texas leaders and stakeholders about electric transportation resources and encourage applications for available grants and incentives. TxDOT will provide an update on the Texas EV Plan. In San Antonio, TCEQ will be present to answer questions on available state incentives.

With each stop, local legislators, elected officials, utility companies, school district administrators, and community leaders are invited to explore the abundant funding to enhance their communities and advance an electric transportation future in Texas.

“Bringing the EV roadshow to these cities follows two successful EV road trips in West and East Texas and is a pivotal move for our electric transportation future,” said Buzz Smith of the Texas Electric Transportation Resource Alliance (TxETRA). “We’re showcasing a diverse
array of electric vehicles, including an electric school bus, and providing a comprehensive guide for electrifying Texas. Our goal is to invigorate local economies, collaborate with community stakeholders, and amplify the benefits of electric transportation, sparking progress in South Texas communities.”

“The yellow school bus symbolizes the American dream, a symbol of opportunity and hope. We have a unique opportunity to use this vibrant symbol to drive progress and bring opportunity to communities across Texas as we strive to electrify our school bus fleets,” said Jessica Keithan, Co-Founder and Director of the Texas Electric School Bus Project. “Electric school buses are better for our children and communities and more cost-effective to operate and maintain. They represent energy independence and resilience. Texas, a leader in the
energy industry and innovation, is poised to be at the forefront of electrification. Let’s show
states like California and New York how it’s done!”

WHAT:
An electric vehicle (EV) convoy is touring through East Texas to highlight the need for additional EV charging stations and funding opportunities for the electrification of city fleets, businesses, schools, and more.

DETAILS:

Monday, April 22

Corpus Christi
9:00 A.M. CT
Del Mar College Heritage Campus
101 Baldwin Blvd,
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(Note: The campus has an official address of 101 Baldwin Blvd, but that is on the exact
opposite side of campus where we will be. I'm attaching a rough map of where we will be
located, near the Venters Business Building.)

Brownsville
2:00 P.M. CT
Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau
1312 E Adams St, Brownsville, TX 78520
Tuesday, April 23

Laredo
9:30 A.M. CT
LISD PAC and Administrative Bldg.
2400 San Bernardo Avenue, Laredo, TX 78040

Laredo
5:30 P.M. CT
TBD

Wednesday, April 23

Kerrville
9:00 A.M. CT
Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau
2108 Sidney Baker,
Kerrville, Texas 78028

San Antonio
2:30 P.M. CT
Alamo Area Council of Governments
2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78217

ATTENDEES:
Buzz” Smith – TxETRA
Jessica Keithan – Electric School Bus Project
Michael Chamberlain – TxDOT
Drew Higgins – TxETRA/Former Energy Executive

VISUALS AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:

2 Tesla Model Y’s

Kia EV 9

Kia Niro EV EX

Electric School Bus from Blue Bird (Corpus Christi, Laredo, San Antonio)

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