Austin Energy Helps Drivers Say Goodbye to Gas-Powered Vehicles
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2021 Chartwell Gold Award Winner, Customer Communications
Austin Energy’s EV Buyer’s Guide is an interactive experience that allows potential EV drivers to browse real-time inventory of locally available new and used electric vehicles and compare models based on their individual needs and budget. The digital resource also provides information on financial incentives and tax credits, along with a full list of Austin Energy Plug-In EVerywhere charging ports. Since its November 2019 launch, the guide has had more than 100,000 visits and unique pageviews, and nearly 6,000 EVs have been sold and registered in Austin, bringing the total to over 15,000. Attend this session to learn how electric utilities can effectively support EV adoption.
Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy
Karl co-founded and leads the Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies Team at Austin Energy, recognized as Plugin America’s “Drive Electric Utility of the Year.” His team has deployed multiple award-winning initiatives, including the Electric Drive Showcase, EVs for Schools, Plug-in EVerywhere, EV360, EV Buyer’s Guide, EVs are for EVeryone, Central Texas Fuel Independence Project, and perhaps his personal favorite, “StEVie the EV loving Trex.” Karl, co-author of “Smart Cities; Applications & Standards,” was previously the utility’s interim Chief Information Officer, a Managing Director at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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