Austin Energy has developed a showcase for electric transportation in the heart of downtown Austin called Electric Drive (checkout schedule below). Located in the Seaholm EcoDistrict, (a portion of West 2nd Street, between Walter Seaholm Drive and Sandra Muraida Way) Electric Drive is a transportation innovation hub that features DC fast charging for charging in minutes as opposed to hours, as well as level 2 charging for customers to use while they enjoy other aspects of the EcoDistrict. A solar- powered kiosk that includes charging for electric bikes, scooters, motorcycles, mopeds, and hand held devices can also be found on the street. Electric Drive is a key component of the Plug-In EVerywhere℠ network and demonstrates Austin as a Smart City leader in electric transportation. The Plug-In Everywhere program allows EV drivers to charge at over 500 charging ports throughout Austin including DC fast charging for only $4.17 a month. All public charging is powered by 100% renewable energy from Texas wind through Austin Energy’s Greenchoice® program.
The Electric Drive solar charging station, designed by Sol Design Lab, is an innovative combination of solar technology, transportation infrastructure, and civic place making. It offers the public the opportunity to gather in the shade while recharging their mobile electronics or electric two-wheel transportation from the sun. The station features seating and tables made from reclaimed wood, two bike racks, a repurposed vintage gas pump that holds battery storage while showing solar production and CO2 reduction. The kiosk is also ADA accessible.
Electric Drive includes a mobility hub featuring bike sharing, car sharing, access to the hike-and-bike trail, and charging options for two wheel and four wheel electric vehicles. This street fits perfectly in Austin’s Smart City roadmap providing the community with faster, better, cheaper transportation options while cutting vehicle emissions:
4:00pm to 4:40pm // Special Remarks // @Seaholm
-Steve Adler, Mayor, City of Austin, Texas
-Ann Kitchen, District 5 Council Member, City of Austin
-Jackie Sargent, General Manager, Austin Energy
-Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin
-Karl Popham, Emerging Technology and EV Manager, Austin Energy [emcee]
4:40pm to 5:00pm // Ribbon Cutting // @Seaholm
5:00pm to 6:30pm // Interactive Demonstrations // @Seaholm
6:00pm to 7:00pm // Networking Reception // @Seaholm