The Corpus Christi, Texas City Council approved a resolution directing the City manager to develop a program to encourage the future purchase of plug-in hybrids for the City fleet.
As a result of the vote, the city will support state and federal policies promoting plug-ins, and work with other local governments and organization to encourage the manufacture and the purchase of plug-ins. There is no funding or immediate Council action attendant to the vote.
The vote came as an endorsement of the campaign for the development of plug-in hybrids being spearheaded by Austin Energy. (Earlier post.)
Austin Energy is organizing a “Plug-In Hybrid 50-City Plan” that is intended to build a market for plug-in hybrid vehicles around the country. The 50-City Plan seeks support from utilities to develop $50-$100 million in incentives from utilities for PHEV procurement and fleet purchase commitments by government, private businesses and consumers.
The utility is also a key member of the Plug-In Partners campaign, which is officially launching a national campaign on 24 January.