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New Station Charges Electric Vehicles in Minutes

April 24, 2014

Austin Energy partnered with Town North Nissan and Nissan North America Inc. to install the first plug-in electric vehicle charging station using DC (direct current) fast technology in Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere™ network. This DC charging station in Austin delivers power up to 45 times faster than a typical wall outlet.

Austin Energy representatives along with representatives from Town North Nissan will cut the ribbon to the DC charging station at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Town North Nissan, 9160 Research Blvd. The DC charging station at Town North Nissan is conveniently located near two major highways in the area at U.S. 183 and MoPac and enables electric vehicle drivers to quickly charge their vehicles.

"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 today."

Town North Nissan received a $10,000 rebate from Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere Network to help defray costs for 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% renewable energy from Austin Energy's GreenChoice® program.

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