January 23, 2021

Energy

In search of a better battery

A startup company in Volusia County is trying to develop a lightweight, environmentally friendly battery.

Amy Martinez | 8/28/2017

Electric Vehicles

Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) has joined with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Authority to help fund a first/last mile transportation service near the University of South Florida in Tampa. HART’s HyperLINK service is using four Tesla Model X electric vehicles to take riders to their final destinations from local bus stops (and vice versa). Riders in the USF area can summon a Tesla for $3 via a HyperLINK app. TECO contributed about $50,000 toward the service.

“Tampa Electric is always looking for cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy,” says TECO spokeswoman Cheri Jacobs. “This project is both high-tech and forward-looking.” TECO has more than 40 electric cars and bucket trucks in its fleet and more than 30 charging stations at its offices and power plants.

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