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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.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

(Austin-Bergstrom International Airport/Twitter)

Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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