Dallas book store offers free charge for electric cars



Posted on September 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 22 at 11:25 PM

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DALLAS — Half Price Books on Wednesday unveiled its new electric vehicle charging station installed outside its flagship store on Northwest Highway in Dallas.

It's the first of its kind for any North Texas retailer.

A gleaming new Chevy Volt, GM's first battery-powered car, was the first to pull up for a recharge in a welcoming ceremony at the parking spot outlined in green.

Electric vehicle owners can charge up for free through September of next year.

The charging station is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot under the big Half Price Books sign.

The Department of Energy said there are only two other charging stations in the area: One is open to the public in Irving at the Element Hotel near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. There is also a private one at the Federal Courts Building in Dallas.