Aptera Electric Vehicle Makes Houston Debut

Highlighting that electric vehicles can come in many shapes and sizes, Reliant Energy, an NRG Energy company , teamed up with the Houston Texans and electric vehicle manufacturer Aptera to bring Aptera’s prototype electric vehicle to Houston for Monday Night Football.

Texans fans had the opportunity to experience the Aptera 2e before the game at Reliant Stadium and learn more about what NRG and Reliant are doing to expand the adoption of electric vehicles in Houston and across Texas.

“Electric cars are the key to ending our nation’s addiction to imported oil and we believe that keeping the $400 billion per year our nation sends overseas to fuel our cars is a priority shared by every American,” said David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy. “All-electric cars, like the Aptera prototype and other models which will be coming to market over the next 18 months, are clean, cool and comfortable. Reliant will add the ‘convenience’ as we expect to make it possible for Houstonians to fuel their electric cars in the ‘convenience’ of their own garages, at work, while they shop and in other locations around Houston and Harris County,” continued Crane.

Reliant Energy and NRG are working to make the switch to cleaner, cheaper to operate electric vehicles practical and easy for consumers. “There will be thousands of zero-emission electric cars on the roads in Houston and Texas in the next several years,” said Jason Few, President of Reliant Energy. “Through our partnerships with great organizations like the Texans, we are working to let people know about the tremendous advancements in electric vehicles. Reliant will make using these vehicles easy and affordable with a charging network and dedicated services making electric vehicles a simple and fun alternative to fossil-fuel powered transportation – taking advantage of Texas’ leadership in zero-carbon power generation.”

”We see Houston as one of our key markets as we continue our quest to deliver the world’s most efficient vehicles,” says Marques McCammon, Aptera’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re certainly impressed with the vision that NRG and Reliant have shown for the electric vehicle market, and we look forward to partnering with them in their future endeavors.”

The Houston debut of the Aptera is part of Reliant and NRG’s comprehensive effort to speed up the adoption of a broad-based electric-powered transportation ecosystem. On Friday, November 13, Reliant and Nissan announced an agreement to work together to make Houston a launch city for the broader use of electric vehicles by the American public, businesses and public organizations. On Monday, November 16 NRG joined with automakers, utilities, battery manufacturers, smart grid and infrastructure companies to form the Electrification Coalition to help guide the transformation of light-duty ground transportation from fossil fuels to electricity. On Tuesday, November 17, Reliant and the city of Houston launched a pilot program to put more plug-in hybrid cars on the streets of Houston. 

NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, owns and operates one of the country’s largest and most diverse power generation portfolios. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, the Company’s power plants provide more than 24,000 megawatts of generation capacity—enough to supply more than 20 million homes. NRG’s retail business, Reliant Energy, serves more than 1.6 million residential, business, commercial and industrial customers in Texas. A past recipient of the energy industry’s highest honors—Platts Industry Leadership and Energy Company of the Year awards, NRG is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a group of business and environmental organizations calling for mandatory legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com and www.reliant.com