Eleven leading state energy suppliers in Austria have joined forces with Berlin-based Hubject to create the country's largest public charging network.

The main focus is to provide an extensive charging network, regardless of the operator of the stations, to provide easy access for all EV drivers (using a smartphone app or a charging RFID card).

Starting from this April with total of more than 1,300 points, and around 2,000 by the end of 2017, EV drivers will now be able to charge their cars from 100% renewable sources, and with only one customer contract via an e-mobility provider offering its services throughout Austria.

"A cooperation project between the eleven leading state energy suppliers and Berlin-based Hubject GmbH, which is supported by the Austrian climate and energy fund, will create a comprehensively accessible network of charging stations for drivers of electric vehicles across Austria starting in April 2017. The member companies of the Austrian State Association of Electromobility (Bundesverband Elektromobilität Österreich, BEÖ) are combining their charging stations to create an integrated network with more than 1,300 charging points from Vienna to Bregenz. The charging stations will also be connected with Hubject’s international charging network “intercharge”.

The eleven BEÖ member companies, i.e. Energie AG Power Solutions, Energie Burgenland, Energie Graz, Energie Steiermark, EVN AG, IKB, KELAG, Linz AG, Salzburg AG, VKW, and Wien Energie GmbH, will all contribute their charging stations to the intercharge network, therefore, setting an example for customer-friendly charging for electric vehicles. This will digitally link more than 1,300 charging points (2,000 by the end of 2017) available in Austria in real-time. The cooperation between BEÖ and Hubject will enable the customers of BEÖ member to use charging stations in Austria and the European intercharge network in the future."

"In this case, the charging process is started easily using a smartphone app or a charging card (RFID card). In addition, all charging points and their availability are displayed in real-time in conventional navigation systems and charging apps. If EV drivers from foreign countries are travelling without a compatible emobility service contract, they will be able to charge their vehicles by using a credit card or another direct payment service at charging stations in Austria."

Jürgen Halasz, Chairman of BEÖ, the Austrian electrical mobility association, and as representative of these eleven energy companies said:

“Electrical mobility doesn’t stop at national borders. This is why we are working with all of our member companies in the intercharge network and, thus, support the digital and customer-friendly network of our charging stations in Austria in particular”.

Thomas Daiber, CEO of Hubject GmbH said:

“We’re pleased to have established a comprehensive charging network together with BEÖ. In the future, EV drivers will be able to charge their vehicles at the charging stations of every BEÖ member in Austria”.

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