The Austin Community College district has introduced electric vehicle-charging stations at eight of the college's campuses and administrative buildings in Austin and one in Round Rock.
"[The charging stations] should go a long way toward making our customers feel much more comfortable owning and driving electric cars in Austin," said Richard Morgan, Austin Energy's green building and emerging technologies manager, in a statement.
Austin Energy, which partnered with ChargePoint America to install the locations, predicts that by 2020, Austin will have 36,000 electric cars on its roadways.
The locations are:
- Rio Grande Campus (downtown Austin, 1212 Rio Grande St.)
- Pinnacle Campus (Southwest Austin, 7748 W. Hwy. 290)
- South Austin Campus (1820 W. Stassney Lane)
- Eastview Campus (East Austin, 3401 Webberville Road)
- Riverside Campus (Southeast Austin, 1020 Grove Blvd.)
- Highland Business Center (Central Austin, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road)
- Service Center (Northeast Austin, 9101 Tuscany Way)
- Northridge Campus (Northwest Austin, 11928 Stonehollow Drive)
- Round Rock Campus (4400 College Park Drive)
Each charging location has four spots that are open to the public and can be used by ACC students and employees who participate in school's "green car" parking program for fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles.
The school is charging $2 every hour at the charging stations and the fee is payable on-site with a credit or debit card. Austin Energy also offers unlimited charging for $25 for a six-month commitment. Cars using the spaces to charge or park are limited to four hours.