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Tampa Electric launches a new electric vehicle website

TAMPA, March 29, 2011

Tampa Electric debuted today a new section on its website devoted to electric vehicles. The site at provides customers with information about the types of electric vehicles on the market, charging options and the savings they can get from fueling at the plug instead of the pump.

"We developed this site to provide our customers with a reliable source of information," said Kenneth Hernandez, program manager of the company’s alternative fuel vehicle initiatives. "We want to help our customers be as informed as possible before buying and do everything possible to make electric vehicle ownership a positive experience."

The site also provides examples of how the company is committed to developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure through its partnership with Get Ready Tampa Bay and its 2009 pledge to the Edison Electric Institute.

The Before You Buy section of the website provides information to help customers navigate the installation and permitting process for charging equipment. It also shows how Tampa Electric’s Energy Planner program enables customers to charge their electric vehicles during non-peak hours to take advantage of lower rates. The annual savings on gasoline alone can add up to about $1,000.

Later this year, Tampa Electric will add the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt to its growing Green Fleet, which includes plug-in hybrid electric and standard hybrid electric vehicles as well as other vehicles that run on clean-burning natural gas. Tampa Electric engineers will study how charging electric vehicles will impact the company’s grid and team members will use the electric vehicles to conduct business.

About Tampa Electric

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Tampa Electric serves almost 667,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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