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Tesla powers Austin's lead in electric vehicle ownership across the state


In Austin, it isn't surprising to spot plenty of Teslas on your morning commute.

State registration data shows more EVs are owned in Travis County than in all other Texas counties. The data compiled by a Department of Energy program in Dallas-Fort Worth shows just over 18,000 EVs of all types have been registered in Travis County as of this month.

What else do the figures show:

  • The next closest are areas with higher populations and more vehicle registrations than Travis County. In Harris County, there are 17,300 registered EVs, followed by Dallas County with 13,350 EVs.
  • The most popular across the state is Tesla’s Model 3. Following that are the Model Y, Model S and Model X, with the first non-Tesla being the Chevrolet Volt.
  • Most of the vehicles have a 2020 or 2021 model year.

While the drivers are Texans, the cars probably aren’t. Tesla only recently started delivery of Texas-made Teslas at the grand opening of the gigafactory earlier this month.


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