Austin reached a big milestone this year. The 10,000th electric vehicle hit the road in our city.
That’s significant, especially since Austin has a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Add onto that the fact that more than a third of our emissions currently come from transportation, and it’s clear why electrifying our city’s transportation infrastructure is a major part of Austin’s plans for tackling climate change.
So how quickly are new EVs coming online in Austin?
According to Austin Energy, about 250 new electric vehicles are hitting the road each month. From July 2018 to July 2019, our city saw a 54 percent increase in the amount of EVs on the road.
And how can we get more electric cars on the road even faster?
One way is simply to make the EV buying process easier. As we reported a year ago, buying an electric car in Austin hasn’t always been smooth sailing. A low (and varying) supply of electric vehicles at local dealerships, combined with sales staff that are still learning about the technology and customers that don’t know that much about electric vehicles themselves, all make for a difficult situation.
That’s why Austin Energy has just unveiled its new EV Buyer’s Guide, an interactive website that allows users to research electric vehicles in the Austin area and compare models that fit individual needs and budget. Not only that, but Austin Energy is also partnering with several local car dealerships to install interactive digital kiosks with additional information about electric vehicle range, charging levels, and nearby charging stations.
So how does the guide work exactly?
Below, you’ll find highlights/screenshots of some of its most useful features. You can also explore the entire guide yourself here>>
The guide helps you…
1. Understand the current rebates and incentives offered by the City of Austin, Texas, and the federal government. This way you can know the true cost of the vehicle and compare it to gas-powered options.
2. Compare fuel costs for the the specific electric vehicle you’re thinking about buying with a comparable gas-powered vehicle.
3. Gain a deeper understanding of the money you’ll save on fuel costs by switching to an electric vehicle, which could help you decide whether or not it’s a good investment for you.
4. Understand the range (how far the car can travel on a single charge) of all the different electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the market. Using the guide you can compare different EV models based on their range, how long it takes them to recharge, and their environmental impact.
5. Find local car dealerships who are working closely with Austin Energy to improve the EV buying process. (Expect more dealerships to be added to this list as time goes on.)