Electric, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle sales are on the rise nationwide—since 2014, Texans have driven 76.9% more and had the seventh-highest increase of EVs in the U.S.
As you navigate the sea of Teslas on Austin’s roadways, you might be surprised to see Elon Musk’s vehicles only mark the poles of the most popular, with more affordable options filling in the gaps. Take a look at Austin’s most popular EVs.
1. Tesla Model 3
There’s a reason you see so many Model 3s in Austin—they’re the most popular electric car for the capital city. The lowest price you can grab the five-seater car for is nearly $47,000, before tax credits, but if you want all-wheel drive, you’re looking at an extra $10,000. This Tesla is known for its luxurious interior, sleek body, sizable 15” touchscreen displays, 360-degree cameras, 300+ mile range and ability to accelerate from 1-60 mph in 3.1 seconds.
2. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
A bit more affordable than getting a Tesla, you can cop a hybrid RAV4 starting at $29,575 and experience the benefits of electric and gas all in one. With about 30 miles to the gallon, standard creature comforts like a seven-inch touch screen Bluetooth audio system, heated seat options, 203 horsepower and full electric capabilities, you’re bound to see a bunch of these vehicles driving around town.
3. Toyota Prius
Arguably the original EV, the Toyota Prius has stood the test of time as one of the most reliable hybrids on the market. Starting at $25,075, Priuses are one of the most affordable alternative fuel options available and can be customized to fit nearly any lifestyle. You can reach a cool 58 miles to the gallon with its 121 horsepower engine, find an AWD option if that suits you will you listen to your favorite tunes on a seven-inch touch screen display.
4. Toyota Camry Hybrid
Similar to its Prius and RAV4 counterparts, the Camry Hybrid has similar options to offer in a classic sedan frame. Starting at $27,980, the Camry can reliably get over 50 mpg, comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen with the option to upgrade to a nine-inch, has a zippy 208 horsepower engine and ranks as a “Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle.”
5. Tesla Model Y
The more robust cousin to the popular Model 3, the Tesla Model Y makes everything bigger. And they're made at the local Tesla factory.
Carrying over the 300+ range, 15” touchscreen display and the ability to supercharge, the Model Y comes with more diverse options: An add-on third row for up to seven seats, three times more cargo space and a marginally decreased acceleration speed of 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. You can only get an AWD version of this car at a starting price of $65,990.
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Austin-based company Apptronik is developing a humanoid robot and is teaming up with NASA to get it done.
The robot, named Apollo, is poised to be one of the first humanoids available in commercial markets and is expected to reach broader availability next year. Currently, its first prototype is complete at the company’s headquarters on Stonehollow Dr. in North Austin.
Apollo will be capable of doing a wide range of tasks. Apptronik says this ability as a general-purpose robot will help workers in industries like logistics, retail, hospitality, aerospace and more.
Apptronik was founded in 2016 out of the Human Centered Robotics Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. Argodesign, a firm with offices in New York, abroad and near South Congress, on Gibson Street, was selected as a partner in designing Apollo. In a press release, Apptronik said the team’s focus now is to scale Apollo so that it’s customer-ready in 2023.
Apptronik first partnered with NASA in 2013 during a robotics challenge where founders were selected to work on NASA’s Valkyrie Robot.
Now that the agency has selected Apptronik as a commercial partner, a new generation of robots for terrestrial and extraterrestrial use is expected to launch, with Apollo leading the way.
Jeff Cardenas, CEO and co-founder of Apptronik, expressed excitement over the continued investment from NASA.
“The robots we’ve all dreamed about are now here and ready to get out into the world,” Cardenas said. “These robots will first become tools for us here on Earth, and will ultimately help us move beyond and explore the stars.”
Apptronik describes Austin as a growing hub for robotics and is recruiting talent, with several openings based here for roles in design, software engineering, operations and other tasks.
Aside from Apptronik, another Austin company is pushing hard on humanoid robots. Tesla is expected to unveil a prototype of its bot, known as Optimus, during its AI day on Sept. 30. The company may also work to deploy thousands of these bots in their factories, job postings indicate.
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Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!
Fall promises to be a one-of-a-kind camping experience. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 24, weekends will be packed with fall-themed activities, including special Halloween weekends in October. Campers can enjoy activities like fall crafts, campground trick-or-treating, costume contests, site decorating, outdoor movie nights, and more!
Packages and Ways to Stay
Camp Fimfo Waco
Located just 5 miles from McLane Stadium, Camp Fimfo Waco is the perfect place to stay during home game weekends. Skip the stuffy hotel room and embrace the great outdoors before cheering on the Baylor Bears! Campers can purchase a Baylor Tailgating Package that includes a pre-game meal from Executive Chef Sean Kelley and transportation to and from the game! Chef Kelley will also be cooking up delicious, elevated tailgating meals near the stadium so make sure to check out The Plaid Plate food truck before the game.
Stay in style and comfort, no matter your camping preference! At Camp Fimfo Waco, there are multiple ways to stay. Red Carpet RV sites come with a concrete pad and patio, full hook-ups, cable hook-up, a charcoal grill, fire ring and fire pit. Back-in or pull-thru options are available, as well as coveted spots tucked along the Bosque River!
Don’t have an RV? Not a problem, Camp Fimfo Waco has cabins too! Book a Riverview Firewheel Cabin if you’re looking for an air-conditioned oasis for the whole family. Complete with a kitchen and private bathroom, this cabin can fit up to 10 people. Elevate your stay by adding on a golf cart or snag a private cabana by the pool for guaranteed shade. With wifi available throughout the park, you can stay connected during your stay!
Amenities and Activities
Camp Fimfo Waco
Camp Fimfo Waco features lots of amenities to fill your days with fun, whether you’re a kid or kid at heart. After challenging your friends to a game of pickleball, basketball, or mini golf, go for a dip in the resort-style, heated pool - open daily through October! Stay on the weekends through October to enjoy the interactive splash playground. With plenty of ways to burn off energy, like the jumping pillow or playground, you can be sure to end the day with a peaceful night around the campfire!
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