Sustainability Action Agenda: Austin Energy Offers EV Charging Stations to Encourage Alternative Transportation
Austin Energy has been promoting transportation electrification initiatives since 2008. Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and avoid 13,212 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per car per year. To date, it is estimated that there are 678 electric vehicles in Austin.
Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere™ Network has over 160 charging stations at 70 locations. The stations are powered by 100% renewable energy (GreenChoice™ program) and provide unlimited charging for under $5 per month.
Austin Energy is currently focused on expanding charging to workplace and multi-family properties. As of July 1, 2013, the Plug-In EVerywhere network has had over 20,000 charging events. Users of the Plug-In EVerywhere™ network have consumed 106.8 MWh of electricity, equaling an avoidance of 151,733 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.
Even though there are now extensive and affordable opportunities for public charging, the majority of PEV charging will be at home. For many PEV drivers, using existing electrical outlets meets their needs. For those who want to charge faster, Austin Energy offers a 50% rebate (up to $1,500) towards the hardware and installation of a level 2 (240 V) charger. Austin Energy also offers rebates on electric bikes, scooters, and motorcycles as an additional way to promote electric transportation.
Austin Energy is a founder and board member of the Pecan Street Project, an initiative that includes the Mueller neighborhood and represents the largest non-fleet concentration of Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) in the country. Austin Energy is also integrating electric vehicle charging into their demand response programs and has recently conducted a pilot to successfully show that PEV charging can be centrally managed to further improve grid reliability.
Today, Austin Energy has one of the leading programs in the nation supporting Plug-In Electric vehicles (PEVs). To further the goal of developing a regional EV Infrastructure plan, and promote “clean and efficient drive cars for Central Texas,” the U.S Department of Energy awarded Austin Energy $500,000 to guide the Texas River Cities initiative, which includes 50 partners in a 10-county region. Austin Energy released an almost 500-page readiness plan that provides a blueprint for promoting plug-in vehicle adoption. This Infrastructure Readiness Plan is available at www.texasrivercities.com.
Find out more about the sustainability initiatives being tracked as part of the Sustainability Action Agenda and decide how you will take action to secure a bright, green future for Austin.