Why Electric Transportation?
Electric vehicles are clean, economical and quiet. In our community, gas-powered vehicles are the largest contributor to polluting greenhouse gas emissions. With more people moving to our region and circulating on our roads, electric vehicles can contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future. In recent years, levels of air pollution in San Antonio have been measured higher than allowed by federal clean air standards. Prolonged exposure to polluted air particularly threatens the health of children, people who are active or work outdoors and those with respiratory illnesses.
Source: SA Climate Ready 2016 GHG Inventory. Read the full report here.
You can become more aware about air quality in our region by signing up for notifications from the Environmental Protection Agency.
AN ECONOMICAL TRANSPORTATION CHOICE
For individuals, driving an electric vehicle (EV) may also result in significant savings in fuel costs. The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Cost Calculator uses basic information about your driving habits to calculate total cost of ownership and emissions for makes and models of most vehicles, including alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
Right now, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering a $2500 Rebate Incentive Program for Texas consumers to purchase or lease qualified Light Duty electric vehicles. TCEQ's website provides useful information about the program, eligibility, and how to apply. The deadline is May 31, 2019. Tax credits and incentives are also available from the federal government, and you can find details through the Department of Energy.
HYBRID & ELECTRIC VEHICLE PARKING PROGRAM
Vehicles displaying an authorized Vehicle Placard are allowed to park for FREE at City of San Antonio managed downtown street parking meters or street pay stations for a period of time not to exceed the limit
of the meter or pay station. To find out more information and download the application, please visit the Center City Development's Parking Division.
EV CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE
In San Antonio, CPS Energy, private businesses, and Tesla operate and maintain a network of stations for plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles. A searchable infrastructure map is available here. Find Information about the affordable "Public Charging-Flat Rate Pilot Program" administered by CPS Energy.
With paid parking, you can charge your electric vehicle for free in the short-term and long-term parking lots at the San Antonio International Airport.
GREENING OUR FLEET
To support the goals of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan to mitigate polluting greenhouse gas emissions, the Office of Sustainability is working to make electric vehicles an
accessible transportation choice for residents so that we can protect our environment and air quality. In order to "lead by example," that goes for greening our own fleet.
By 2020, the City plans to reduce annual diesel and unleaded fuel consumption by 14% from 2013 levels. Also by 2020, the target for electric, hybrid and efficient vehicles in the City’s administrative sedan fleet is 85%, up from 42% in 2011. Read about early efforts to advance the City's fleet electrification.
Terms to Know
- Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV): a vehicle powered by both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery.
- Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV): a HEV with a battery that can be charged by an external source of electricity.
- Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): an electric vehicle that is powered only by battery.
- Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE): The equipment used to charge the batteries of plug-in hybrids and other electric vehicles.
- Level 1 EVSE: Charging through a 110/120 Volt AC circuit. Adds about 2-5 miles of range per hour of charging time.
- Level 2 EVSE: Charging through a 220/240 Volt AC circuit. Adds about 10-20 miles of range per hour of charging time.
- DC Fast Charging: With 480 Volt AC going into the EVSE, high voltage DC charges the car. 60 to 80 miles are added in 20 minutes of charging.
- Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV): a four- wheel, all-electric vehicle that conforms to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 500 for “Low Speed Vehicles.” More info is available here.