Austin Energy installs fast electric charging for plug-in cars
Originally published May 9, 2014
Austin Energy in Texas has partnered with Town North Nissan and Nissan North America Inc. to install the first plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging station using DC (direct current) fast technology in Austin. The DC charging station delivers power up to 45 times faster than a typical wall outlet, the utility said.
Austin Energy representatives, along with representatives from Town North Nissan, cut the ribbon to the DC charging station on April 24. The station is near two major highways.
"Although most electric vehicle charging will be done at the convenience of one's home, DC fast charging is another fueling option for those needing a faster charge while out on the road," said Karl Popham, manager of Austin Energy’s electric vehicles and emerging technologies program. "It’s something our fast-growing community of EV drivers has been requesting, and we are glad to officially charge the first public DC fast station in Austin."
Town North Nissan received a $10,000 rebate from Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere Network to help defray the costs of installing the station. The Plug-In EVerywhere Network has more than 180 plug-in electric charging stations throughout Austin Energy’s service territory, all powered by 100 percent renewable energy from the municipal utility's GreenChoice® program.
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