They’re coming. Soon, no matter where you happen to be in Austin, Texas – the library, the hospital, or the grocery store – there will be an electric car charging station nearby. Austin Energy has announced the locations of 103 new plug-in electric vehicle charging stations across the city.
Austin was one of nine metropolitan regions in the country chosen to participate in a federal grant stimulus program known as ChargePoint America. The charging stations are available to for everyone with an electric vehicle. Drivers can either purchase a $25 monthly subscription, or get $2 of charging per hour by using a credit card at the charging station.
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The charging stations will be a part of the Plug In EVerywhere network, which allows users to identify the locations and availability of the stations using their computers or smart phones. The stations being installed around Austin are classified as level 2 stations which have the power to fully charge a Chevy Volt in 2-3 hours, or a Nissan LEAF in 6-8 hours.
Austin Energy estimates that more than 36,000 electric vehicles will roll along the roads in Austin by 2020. Plug in vehicles cost about 2.5 cents per mile to drive, compared to 11.6 cents a mile for regular petrol consuming cars. If 100,000 gas-consuming cars were replaced with electric cars, it’s estimated that nitrous oxide levels would be reduced by 95 percent and carbon dioxide emissons by 54 percent.