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Why is Electric Greater Than Gas?

Driving electric vehicles is an overall greater experience than traditional combustion engines.

Everything from vehicle performance, to cost savings on fuel and maintenance, and the ease of charging your vehicle at home — along with environmental benefits — make getting around Austin a better experience.

Advantages to Owning and Driving an Electric Vehicle

Ease of Ownership

There is a common misconception that by owning a plug-in electric vehicle, a driver must give up something in order to save money, help the local economy, and be more environmentally friendly. This is not the case at all.

Lower Fuel and Maintenance Costs

Not only is the fuel cost of owning a plug-in electric vehicle much lower than a traditional internal combustion vehicle, but the maintenance costs are significantly lower as well.

Environmentally Friendly

You are doing the environment a favor by driving a plug-in electric vehicle. Plug-in electric vehicles are the only vehicles on the road that will continue to be a cleaner source of transportation as the grid shifts to increased renewable energy sources.

Incentives and Tax Credits for Electric Vehicles

Incentives and tax credits are available to Plug-In Electric Vehicle buyers. A federal income tax credit of up to $7,500 is available. To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s incentive site.

Charging Subscriptions Available

The Austin Energy Plug-In EVerywhere℠ network subscription plan offers unlimited charging for $4.17 per month at over 1,000 Plug-In EVerywhere level 2 charging ports throughout our service area.

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Fast charging is also available for $0.21 per minute, conveniently located near major transit routes for the times you need to charge up and go. If you want to use a public charging port and plan to be away from your vehicle for more than 30 minutes, use a level 2 charger instead of a fast charger.

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Date last reviewed or modified: 9/29/20