TXU Energy and City of McKinney Launch Public Electric Vehicle Charging Network

May 16, 2011
  • AeroVironment partners with TXU Energy to provide multiple charging stations for electric vehicle drivers in McKinney, Texas 
  • TXU Energy funds the purchase and installation of AeroVironment’s UL listed EVSE-CS

McKinney, Texas, May 16, 2011 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) announced today that it has been selected by TXU Energy to deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to support a public charging network in the Dallas Metro-plex area beginning with a historic installation in the City of McKinney. TXU Energy CEO Jim Burke and the mayor of McKinney, Brian Loughmiller announced the new charging network at an event in front of the McKinney Public Library where the first of four charging stations was installed.

The installation of AeroVironment’s UL Listed charging stations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area is a demonstration of the commitment by the electric retailers and municipalities to meet customer needs and actively promote sustainability.

“Practical EVs are here today and it’s important for us to offer clean refueling options to EV drivers who are embracing this new and exciting technology,” said Jim Burke, chief executive officer of TXU Energy. “We are very impressed with the AeroVironment equipment and they were helpful and very knowledgeable in all aspects of the installation and operation.”

AeroVironment’s EVSE-CS system is listed by the Underwriter’s Laboratory and has met its rigorous requirements for safety, construction and performance measures. AV’s supporting network data systems are designed with an open architecture to ensure interoperability with the TXU Energy network, allowing the utility and its customers to track charge data and provide critical information and recommendations to utilities and users such as energy usage, efficiency and cost optimization.

“AeroVironment is committed to providing the most convenient and reliable charging solutions with the electric car owner in mind,” said Mike Bissonette, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Solutions business segment. “We look forward to working with TXU Energy to electrify McKinney, TX, one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.A”

AeroVironment provides electric vehicle charging stations and installation services for Nissan® North America’s Nissan LEAF™, NRG Energy’s eVgo network and the state of Hawaii’s EV Ready program.

About TXU Energy TXU Energy is a market-leading competitive retailer that provides electricity and related services to approximately 2 million electricity customers in Texas. TXU Energy offers a variety of innovative products and solutions, allowing both its residential and business customers to choose options that best meet their needs, including exceptional customer service, competitively priced electricity service plans, innovative energy efficiency options, renewable energy programs and other electricity-related products and services. Visit txu.com for more information about TXU Energy.

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