AUSTIN (KXAN) – A $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill is on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk on Monday. Attached is a plan to spend billions on electric charging stations across the United States
The decision comes as the city of Austin looks set to expand its electric car footprint.
“This is the largest showcase for electrification and transportation they’ve ever made in the country,” said Austin Energy Electric Vehicle Specialist Bobby Godsey.
At the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, you’ll find the first electrified exhibit ever.
The massive outdoor Electrify Expo promises a one-stop-shop for people who want to experience electric vehicles and new products. Participants experienced test runs, revelations of new products and future technologies.
“We’re supplying fuel for these electric vehicles, which will soon be on the road,” Godsey said.
According to Austin Energy, there are over 1,200 electric charging stations across the city of Austin. Bobby Godsey says Austin is number five in the country for being ready for electric cars.
“Other cities still need to come along,” Godsey said. “There are already fast charging stations available for users, but with this bill we can add a lot more infrastructure on the highways.”
The city of Austin takes this beyond their own charging stations and collaborates with other cities and organizations. Godsey says smaller, more rural towns have reached out to Austin Energy on how to get their own charging fleet online.
“The city of Austin is really thinking ahead,” said Matt Teske, founder of Charge Way.
Matt Teske founded Charge Way, an app that helps electricians navigate how they use their vehicle.
“We use colors and numbers,” Teske said. “The numbers you see on the map show you the current there at that station. If there is a higher number, then you can charge faster.”
Teske joins President Biden’s infrastructure promotion.
“The bill is going to play a role in that, and more fast chargers in intergovernmental countries would be helpful for people to see how they can drive a car, but it’s still an educational thing,” Teske said.
An organization called Ferry has just launched in Austin and is also working to put more electrical users online.
“You can try it if you’ve never driven an electric car before, if you’m not sure if it fits your lifestyle,” said Mayra Del Bello, Ferry’s marketing director.
Ferry allows people to lease an electric vehicle for six months. The company says it is a step towards accelerating electric mobility throughout the United States
Electrify Expo runs again on Sunday 13 November from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Circuit of the Americas. You can find more information by following this link.