April 16, 2014 AUSTIN, Texas – Anticipating next week’s Earth Day, the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance’s 20th Anniversary Celebration yesterday surprised two special honorees, while an eye-opening address by State Representative Drew Darby showed the importance of transportation improvements to Texas. In addition to this, other players important to helping Austin cut 10 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in one year alone, received awards; and attendees got to drive vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and a stand-up electric police mobility vehicle. The LSCFA, formerly known as Central Texas Clean Cities, is a U.S. Dept. Of Energy-recognized (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/), non-profit coalition dedicated to reducing petroleum consumption through alternative fuels.
As part of its Take Charge initiative, Austin's Nissan Town North has installed the first Level 3 charging station in Central Texas. The Level 3, or DC Fast Charge, is a new line of “quick chargers” for electric automobiles. The Level 3 charger gains efficiency by utilizing direct current rather than the alternating current used in earlier charging stations, and drawing 480 volts compared to the 240 volts drawn by the Level 2.
by Shannon Brescher Shea
While medium and heavy-duty vehicles, from refuse haulers to delivery trucks, play a significant role in everyone’s lives, most people rarely think about them. But lately, the media has been paying attention to these vehicles, with coverage focusing on how they are consistently becoming more sustainable. The Department of Energy is playing a big role in helping these vehicles become more efficient and use less petroleum.