School Charging

EVs for Schools

EV for Schools program

Austin Energy is working with local school districts to introduce the convenience and multiple benefits of electric vehicle (EV) charging. This initiative supports the advancement of electric vehicle science and technology as well as environmental responsibility. Students and teachers now have the opportunity to learn more about the role of electric vehicles in sustainability.

 

EVs for Schools offers:

Program Overview

Austin Energy and Austin Independent School District (AISD) are partners in the EVs for Schools program, with support from ChargePoint and Smart Charge America. This is one of the first public school campus electric vehicle initiatives in Texas, with a focus on installing electric vehicle charging stations for use and study.

Following a successful pilot at four AISD schools, EVs for Schools lessons are now available at 122 schools in Central Texas with curriculum offered in both English and Spanish. To promote diversity, equity and inclusion in emerging technologies, the four pilot campuses were Title I schools.

Three engaging lessons that develop skills including project-based learning and design thinking methods are taught by specially trained teachers. Seven additional lessons from EcoRise’s Sustainable Intelligence program provide complimentary instruction in energy, transportation and sustainability.

Features and Benefits

Virtual Reality Experience

As part of Austin Energy's EVs for Schools program, you can access an animated video version of a virtual reality educational tool. The video features a tour of Electric Drive — a real-life mobility showcase in Downtown Austin — where you can experience electric vehicle charging.

Take a video tour of Electric Drive

EVs are for EVeryone

EVs for Schools is part of Austin Energy's EVs are for EVeryone initiative. This work brings electric vehicle programs and support to all community members including low to moderate income groups. The goal is to create a future of mobility that is equitable, affordable, and accessible while helping the environment. 

Interested? Austin Energy Can Help Lower Installation Costs

Austin Energy provides a rebate of up to $4,000 or 50% of the cost to install approved Level 2 (240V) charging stations and/or EV Level 1 (120V) outlets. The maximum rebate depends on the selected equipment and whether the station is in an existing or new parking area.

Check out Austin Energy's commercial charging stations rebate options

Get Started

Email Plug-In Austin for more information about electric vehicles, charging technology, and costs. We can help your school district find a licensed and experienced contractor. 

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Date last reviewed or modified: 7/8/22