All charge points and their availability will be displayed in real-time in conventional navigation systems and charging apps
Austria will soon have an integrated network of more than 1,300 charging stations for drivers of electric vehicles (EV) following an agreement between Hubject and 11 of the country’s state energy suppliers.
The partnership project will see the member companies of the Federal Association of Electromobility Austria (Bundesverband Elektromobilität Österreich, BEÖ) combine their charging stations to create a “comprehensively accessible network” of charge points from Vienna to Bregenz.
The charging stations will also be connected with the Berlin-based charging tech firm’s international charging network “intercharge”. Intercharge will see more than 1,300 charge points (2,000 by the end of 2017) made available to EV drivers – all digitally linked and in real-time.
“Electromobility does not 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,” said Jürgen Halasz, chairman of BEÖ, and as representative of the 11 energy companies.
From April 2017, all EV drivers with a single customer contract from an emobility provider offering its services throughout Austria, will be able to charge their cars using the stations.
In this case, the charging process is started easily using a smartphone app or a charging card (RFID card). In addition, all charge 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.
The intercharge network will see more than 1,300 charge points (2,000 by the end of 2017) made available to EV drivers – all digitally linked and in real-time.
The project, promoted by the climate and energy fund, began in January 2016. Since then, a unified, customer-friendly charging and payment system was developed to match Austrian needs, and the back-end systems of all participants were linked with one other.
As cooperation partner, Hubject ensured complete automated communication between charge point operators and emobility providers based on intercharge.
“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”, adds Thomas Daiber, CEO of Hubject.
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