The first Austrian electric vehicle charging points with accounting systems in a residential community hit the market late last week. To make them work, the non-profit Family Construction and Housing Association (FCHA) and Wien Energie entered into an agreement that basically boils down to offering personal EV charging stations for rent.
Five standard ports plus one quick-charging port are available for rent (no word on price), one of which has already been claimed. The actual use of the recharging point is calculated in kWh and tracked with a TANKE card provided by Wien Energie. To make the deal just a little sweeter, all the electricity purchased through the EV charging stations is from 100% renewable sources.
Cheaper to Drive Electric than to Fill Up on Gas
The cost to the driver, according to FCHA’s calculations, is much lower for the EV rental station than for repeatedly filling a gas tank. At Austria’s prices per kWh, driving 100km (about 62 miles) costs the driver $4-5 USD, whereas gasoline costs twice that. FCHA guesses that the average EV can drive that same 62 miles on 15-20 kWh, and at current Austrian electricity prices, a typical driver will spend no more than $520 a year on fueling the electric vehicle.
The environment gets off easier, too. With renewable sources powering the charging stations, carbon emissions go way down — less particulate matter to clog up the heart and lungs and less carbon dioxide filling the atmosphere.
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify (For the Consumer)
Renting an EV charging station also brings with it one of the main benefits of renting an apartment — building and installing the station, as well as maintenance, is the job of the person who actually owns the property. EV drivers then have much less hassle when it comes to their own personal equipment.
Bernhard Raffelsberger, FCHA’s CEO, spoke briefly as to why he chose to go the route of renewable energy sources powering electric vehicles:
“The Construction and Housing Association is set on renewable energy. We’ve already installed a number of solar and photovoltaic arrays. It is also now part of our standard operating procedure to wire parking places to recharge electric cars, in order to be properly equipped for future technology. The construction of EV charging stations in conjunction with Wien Energie and Schrack Technik is only the logical progression of this development.”
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