AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) headquarters is the home of the first electric vehicle charging station at a Texas state agency and in the southeast Austin area. With more than 250 charging stations in the Austin area, this station will serve as a pilot project for future installations at TPWD and other state agencies.
The level two (faster charging) ChargePoint EV station has two ports to allow two vehicles to charge at one time. These charging ports will be accessible by parking in the designated spots along the B and C parking lot median. Austin Energy will pay for operation of the station and provide TPWD a $4,000 incentive for installing the EV Station equipment.
Anyone with an electric vehicle can access the stations through the Austin Energy Plug-In EVerywhere subscription, which is part of the City of Austin, Plug In Austin Program. The cost to participate in the Austin Energy program is $4.17 per month. These new parking areas will be designated for electric vehicles only. We ask that users be courteous and only park in these spots when charging an electric vehicle to make the station available to as many users throughout the day as possible.
The EV Charging Station is the newest example of TPWD’s commitment to be a leader in conservation. In 2017 TPWD’s Austin headquarters became a City of Austin Platinum Green Business Leader. This new charging station, along with the 92kW solar installation on the building’s roof, office composting program, energy efficiency efforts and other sustainability measures will help TPWD conserve resources for present and future generations.
For more information about the event or project installation, contact TPWD Sustainability Program Manager, Andee Chamberlain, 512-389-8652, Andee.Chamberlain@tpwd.texas.gov.