There will be about 30 new e-vehicle models on the market over the next three years. Their range is growing and a fully covered network of e-charging infrastructure is progressing. Many signs of a sustainable change in mobility are now pointing towards green.
An interview with DI Heimo Aichmaier, Managing Director of Austrian Mobile Power.
“I am convinced that the topic of electro mobility will continue to grow in Austria.”
Which development are you expecting, or hoping, for electro mobility in Austria?
Heimo Aichmaier, Dipl.Ing.: The political framework conditions, product innovation and expansion of the e-charging infrastructure are finally synchronizing together. The company-owned vehicle sector alone (60% of vehicles in Austria) is a huge lever. The tax advantages for acquisition costs and remuneration in kind have also made electrifying company fleets attractive. Companies now can contribute to the world’s ecology through a sustainable corporate policy and provide employees with real added value.
What is the status quo regarding e-charging in Austria?
Heimo Aichmaier, Dipl.Ing.: A comprehensive network of e-charging stations already exists in Austria for everyday use. In fact, the next generation of charging stations, ‘high power charging’, are already fully underway. But it’s not only a certain quantity or comprehensiveness of coverage that is important, it’s the accessibility and availability of this new transport infrastructure. To put it simply, modern e-charging technology must enable authorization. Secure payment and authorization technology is already common on the market here but urgently needs to be retrofitted in many places. Austria needs a quality offensive and price transparency for existing and future e-charging points. It’s the only way to stop the unjustified fear of outreach. Measures and subsidies by federal and state governments also need to be linked to concrete quality criteria. Most of the charging will not be done in public spaces, but rather in private or semi-public spaces, such as supermarket parking lots, company premises or at home overnight.
What do I have to consider as a business or fleet representative?
Heimo Aichmaier, Dipl.Ing.: An overall concept must be considered that is based on the ranges and types of coverage needed as well as a charging management. Use is pivotal when selecting a model. There’s also the question as to whether plug-in technology is needed or a range extender in the vehicle that allows employees to drive in less populated areas without needing to recharge. When setting up e-charging infrastructure, consideration can also be made as to whether it should be available to external users. The topic is new and complex. I recommend carrying out fleet analyses with appropriate partners, such as leasing companies, charging station providers or TÜV.
What about costs and cost savings?
Heimo Aichmaier, Dipl.Ing.: Private individuals in Austria currently receive a write-off that ends up being more or less equivalent to receiving a 15th-month salary. E-vehicles, regardless of model, are exempt from input tax for companies. Electric vehicles are also preferred within the framework of the standard consumption tax and engine related insurance tax. The lower energy and maintenance costs for operating them also obviously leave more money in your wallet, especially for heavy drivers such as commuters. Driving costs for electric vehicles are typically about 2.50 euros per 100 km and service costs run 70.00 -120.00 euros per year.
TO THE POINT
- Which model is your favorite among electric vehicles?
Any model that can go more than 200 km meets both my private and professional needs for mobility.
- The best place for recharging?
Two places – at home overnight or at work.
- Electric car and driving fun – are the two mutually exclusive?
Driving an electric car is driving fun!