Electric mobility is on an upward trajectory in Austria thanks, in part, to the government enacting a variety of pro-electric vehicle measures, from regulatory policies to financial incentives. The E-MOBILITY WORKS project is also active in the country, helping the cities of Schladming, Feldbach and Kapfenberg to design and implement strategies to improve the uptake of electric vehicles at the local level. Of the three cities, Schladming has had its plan approved by the city council, with the other cities’ councils yet to vote. Austria is particularly well positioned to benefit from electric vehicles as it produces around 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources, meaning emissions are minimal.
As well as providing funding for sustainable transport schemes and organisations that are encouraging electric vehicles, the Austrian national government has offered insurance discounts (between 10 and 20 percent) and purchase premiums to potential electric car owners. Organisations that switch their vehicle fleet to electric power are eligible to avail of public funding, while consumers can benefit from lower tax rates thanks to emission tax exemptions.
Figures from 2014 reveal that 1,281 electric vehicles were sold in Austria, with 2,360 hybrid electric vehicles purchased. Charging infrastructure is also expanding, addressing one of many consumers’ primary concerns about the use of electric vehicles – the range that can be travelled before running out of power. Statistically, more than half of all car journeys taken in Austria are within 5 kilometres, with over 30 percent within 2 kilometres. Through its activities, E-MOBILITY WORKS is helping Austrian cities to embrace cleaner, quieter and more cost effective vehicle transport.
For more information, visit the E-MOBILITY WORKS Austria page [in German].