Electric vehicle infrastruture in Austria
Topic of the practice
renewable energy, energy efficiency, e-mobility, green cars, sustainable multi modal transport, green jobs, support to SME
Good Practice Information
"Lebensland Kärnten" aims to build and develop the infrastructure that will sustain Carinthia's emerging e-mobility movement. Through the use of electric vehicles and renewable energy, Carinthia already contributes to the ongoing transformation in the fields of fuelling and mobility. The "Lebensland Kärnten" is communications, dissemination and demonstration initiative directly supported by the Governor of The Federal State of Carinthia, Mr. Gerhard Dörfler, financed by The Regional Government of Carinthia with a budget of EUR 800.000 a year and controlled by The Government's Office, Department 7, Economic Law and Infrastructure.
The main objective of governor of Carinthia is energy autonomy - using Carinthian's own renewable energy resources to enable independence from fossil energy resources. The "Lebensland Kärnten" eMobility mission statement has some relevance to meeting this target: "In the future, Austria shall make using electric vehicles as easy and convenient as any European country". This is becoming a reality through activities such as building electric charging station, running incentive programs for owners of electrical vehicles, the electric vehicles test driver programme, running www.lebensland.com, investing in renewables through PPP-Models and organising a fair entitled "New Mobility Forum" (www.newmobilityforum.com) once a year.
The main stakeholders of "Lebensland Kärnten" are The Regional Government of Carithia (who are contributing finance), the automobile association ÖAMTC which is responsible for the eVehicle distribution and KIOTO Photovoltaics Ltd. whoe in collaboration with Energetica and KELAG supply the photovoltaic infrastructure for "Lebensland Kärnten". Architects ogris+wanek has designed and Metallbau Fischer has constructed and produced the first patented Lebensland charging station. To secure sustainable deployment of results, "Lebensland Kärnten" intensively cooperates with educational and scientific public institutions, for example Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt and HTL Mössingerstraße technical school.
Key success factors identified are very strong political support and the explicit goal of making Carinthia independent of fossil fuels, functioning networks for cooperation and the exchange of experiences, economic and knowledge and strongly motivated human resources, thorough user trials and free advice and support for all interested parties. Those success factors are the crucial conditions needed for a potential transfer into other European regions.
Evidence of success
Every kWh of solar electricity used to run an electric vehicle represents a reduced use of fossil fuels and reduced emissions of CO2. Even more, awareness of eMobility leads to sustainable changes of transport habits decreasing individual transport and increasing a use of environment friendly transport forms.
The most important benefits of this practice are:
- Increased opportunities for establishing new, “green” companies, and thereby new opportunities for employment in the region.
- Increased awareness of the opportunities and advantages of sustainable electric transport.
- Reduced use of fossil fuels and reduced emissions of CO2.
- Improved living conditions.
- Strengthened argument for the tourism business about its health effects.
- Strengthened trademark as a model sustainable society that is at the cutting edge of development.
The objective result of eMobility campaign of "Lebensland Kärnten" is an increase in the number of public eCharging Stations from 1 in 2008 to 65 in March 2011. The total number of eCharging stations in Carinthia is 164 registered at www.e-tankstellen-finder.at or 219 at http://www.elektrotankstellen.net/.
From very beginning in 2008, Lebensland Kärnten has supported the the e-bicycle market; there are now approximately 130 new selling points for e-Bicycles in Carinthia, offering over 50 different models. The "Lebensland Kärnten" Incentive program for buyers of eBikes-Pedelecs in 2010 brought VAT income of at least 147.755,71 EUR for paid out corresponding grants of EUR 94.878,89 (source: Press Release of Regional Government of Carinthia, 1st April 2011).
Within a PPP Program of the Carinthian Government, "Lebensland Kärnten" initiated a building project and invested in shares of the biggest Photovoltaic Plant in Austria which will be built in Carinthia in summer 2011 beginning providing electricity for up to 1000 eVehicles at the end of 2012.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Dr. Albert Kreiner
The Institute for Technology and Alternative Mobility Office of Regional Government of Carinthia
Annex completed on: 04-04-2011