Austin, Texas Home to 1,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles

APR 10 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

Austin, Texas is Home to Loads of Plug-Ins

Austin, Texas is Home to Loads of Plug-Ins

Regional plug-in electric vehicle sales data is exceedingly difficult to obtain.

Chevy Volt in Austin, Texas

Chevy Volt in Austin, Texas

Lucky for us, Austin American-Statesman dug up some data for Austin, Texas and the state as a whole.

Without further adieu, here goes.

The city of Austin, Texas now has nearly 1,000 plug-in electric vehicle registered.  That’s a heck of a lot, bu years ago experts had predicted Austin would be a hot bed for electric vehicles, so we shouldn’t be surprised by this lofty number.

As for Texas as a whole, it’s home to 5,000-ish plug-in electric vehicle.  Those same experts predict that figure will hit 100,000 by 2023.

Yes, Texas is up there in terms of plug-in electric vehicle adoption.  Near the top, in fact.

Source: Austin American-Statesman

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6 Comments on "Austin, Texas Home to 1,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles"

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Yes, we may have a lot.. BUT it is important to consider the size and population of our state. I think a more fair way to calculate would be to look at the number of plug-ins versus regular gas cars. Then compare that ratio to other states. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t rank quite so high at that point.

Fortunately, Governor Perry is pro-EV. Unfortunately, we have a lot of people in our state who are still living in the past and hate change, especially EVs…

Florida is similar (maybe not quite as bad though). Funny how we get brain washed.

Is he pro-EV, or pro-Gigafactory

Pro-EV so far it seems. The Texas $2500 EV rebate (no state income tax to write off here) is slated to start next month. Once it is confirmed and the list of eligible vehicles is posted, I will pass the info along. It is also for HFCV and CNG vehicles, but I think we all know how it will get used.

Remember there is tons of natural gas in the ground in Texas and they are trying to find a market for it.

Imagine a 5 cent/kwh wholesale PPA, on 150 megawatts of solar, and you are talking about Austin. Knock the federal ITC off that, and it is still competitive, at ~7 cents. No subsidy.

There are cities in America demonstrating the true costs of greening up their grids. Austin is nowhere near as high as Germany’s 34 cents/kwh rates, and they have roughly the same 24% renewables factor. Rates have risen to 11.3, as reported about a year ago. Part of all this is the natural geogrpahic fit renewables are for TX.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Austin Energy I believe was around 11-12 cents/kWh with all taxes and fees, but it’s likely higher on average now that they’ve gone to tiering. My Co-op power is around 11 cents/kWh, no tiering or ToU.

At the end of the day, I don’t really care about wholesale costs of power, only what I pay all in divided by the # of kWh I use.