It’s Ozone Season in Central Texas – transit is highlighted as a means to reduce emissions and keep our area in compliance with federal standards. As of 2017 Central Texas’s value for ozone was 69 parts per billion (ppb) while the federal standard limit is 70 ppb With only 1 ppb away from our limit and a long, hot summer ahead of us, AFVs are helping us keep our air clean. Vehicular emissions are responsible for a large share of Austin’s ozone and mass transit can help reduce vehicle miles traveled.
Pecan Street Inc. was awarded $1M from DOE’s Vehicle Technology Program in 2017 to implement the Electric Last Mile (ELM) Project. Pecan Street and Capital Metro, along with Electric Cab of North America, Austin Transportation Department, and Austin Energy have deployed Electric Cab’s low-speed electric shuttle circulators in two Austin neighborhoods. Another pilot route will launch in June in the Mueller community, connecting residents with major transit stops, retail, and medical facilities.
The project’s goal is to double the use of public transportation in each of the three pilot neighborhoods using Electric Cab’s all-electric, zero emissions, fleet of low-speed vehicles to further reduce transportation emissions.
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