Austria among the EU top ten in number of charging stations
By now it has become clear to everybody that mobility will change. And there is no doubt that such change will involve abandoning combustion engines and driving electric vehicles instead. The number of electric cars has been growing continuously and their operating range improving with each innovation by the experts
Many countries worldwide have committed to achieving a great goal: reducing the impact of traffic on the climate and environment and gaining independence from fossil fuels.This goal was laid down in the Paris Climate Accord and serves as a key to achieving both national and EU-level targets with regard to air quality, emissions control, and low carbon economy strategies.
Austria ranks among countries with the highest number of new e-car registrations. But it still needs to improve its charging infrastructure. Photo: Pixabay
According to the targets set by the Ministry for Transport for the period until 2050, Austria’s traffic should become as climate- neutral as possible. Specifically this means that public transport must change. Support needs to be given to active mobility forms, including switching to zero-emission vehicles in street traffic based on renewable energy resources. Electric mobility represents a key part in this change but in practice it means more than “just” replacing the combustion engine with an electric one.
It also means making traffic more efficient and environment- friendly by combining public transport with environment-friendly private vehicles, all based on efficient and renewable energy resources and constituting one intelligent integrated transport network.
Growing share of e-vehicles
Electric vehicles play an important role in the overall change. The share of ecars in all new vehicle registrations in Austria continues to grow. By the end of December 2017, there were 5,433 more fully electric cars – 42 percent more than during the same period in 2016. Within the EU, Austria already held top position with regard to the share of electric passenger cars in all newly registered vehicles in 2016 (3,826 new registrations). Presently, 1.5 percent of all newly registered vehicles are electric passenger cars according to Statistics Austria.
Martin Klässner. Photo: be.energised
In order for these e-cars to be well supplied with electricity, a sufficient charging infrastructure is necessary. The EU average is 20 public e-charging stations per 100,000 inhabitants. With 35 public stations per 100,000 inhabitants, Austria comes in high above the average, ranking fifth among all EU countries.
Intelligent mobility solutions
Has.to.be, a company from Radstadt, is dedicated to this idea. It successfully works on intelligent mobility solutions. It supplies software for charging stations based on an intelligent mobility solution it has developed. It has also assumed responsibility for the administration, marketing, servicing and billing of the charging infrastructure, i.e. its entire operations management. It currently controls 7,500 charging stations run by more than 120 satisfied operators in 16 countries. The company’s CEO Martin Klässner notes that around half-a-million charging processes take place per year to the satisfaction of some 50,000 e-car users.