Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
The movement toward a green world continues at Shangri La.
On Wednesday morning, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange received the very first electric car charging station in Orange County thanks to Al and Dean Granger and Granger Chevrolet.
“When (General Motors) launched the Volt (electric vehicle) in 2012, we thought it would be a great way to partner with Shangri La,” said Dean Granger of Granger Chevrolet. “It would go along with everything they do that is ‘green’ at Shangri La.” The new charging station is the first of its kind in Orange County and is located in the direct parking lot on the grounds of Shangri La. Rick Lewandowski, director of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, was very excited at the generous donation of the electric vehicle charging station by Granger Chevrolet.
“This charging station fits ‘hand-in-glove’ with everything we do here at Shangri La,” Lewandowski said. “We’re so thankful to Granger Chevrolet for bringing us up to standard with the charging station”
Previously, drivers of plug-in hybrid vehicles or electric vehicles would just utilize a 110-volt outlet, but the new outlet will accommodate all types of electrically operated vehicles.
The purpose of an electric vehicle charging station is to meet the need of the expanding ownership of electric automobiles, as well as plug-in hybrid automobiles.
“It comes with a standard charging plug,” Granger explained of the power station. “You will see these on more and more cars in the coming years, so this will be very beneficial.”
“We’re paying forward to our future generations by utilizing electric cars,” Lewandowski stated. “It’s very important that we focus on ways to continue making things better for years to come.”
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas and encourage and assist education, according to the official website. It covers more than 250 acres and more than 300 plant species, as well as a heronry for observing nesting birds.