On the road
At the end of 2010, there were a little more than 6 million vehicles on Austria roads, of which 4,801 were known to be hybrid vehicles, and 3,532 were electric vehicles, three-quarters of which were bicycles.
The goal set by Austria's Energy Strategy is to reach 250,000 two-lane electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrids) in use by 2020, which would represent a 5% share of all registered passenger vehicles. Today, the total numbers of electric vehicles on the road are relatively small, but many projects and deployments are underway. Over eleven manufacturers offer electric vehicles for sale to the public. Austria’s government is providing funds for the development and implementation of electric mobility technologies.
Lighthouse Projects Initiative and Electric Mobility Model Regions
The Klima- und Energiefonds (Climate and Energy Fund) funded the Lighthouse Projects Initiative with a total budget of 19 M€ for 2010 and the Electric Mobility Model Regions with a total budget for 2010 of 3.5 M€. These programs fund the demonstration of new technologies in the area of electric mobility. They cover the demonstration and implementation of large-scale proposals including the required infrastructure facilities and involve developers, producers, downstream operators, and future users.
The Lighthouse Project Initiative funds demonstration projects in the field of electric mobility for technologies which are still not market-ready, whereas the Model Regions program provides a framework for market-ready technologies to be tested within new business models and to increase public awareness. Despite their differences, synergies will take place between these two programs. For example, it is recommended that a group of partners applying for funding within the model regions program include stakeholders who also applied for funding within the Lighthouse Projects Initiative.
The Electric Mobility Model Regions anticipates the implementation of an integrative mobility concept that should include the installation of the necessary charging infrastructure supplied with renewable energy, the procurement and integration of electric vehicles in the regional transport system (public and commercial passenger transport, transport of goods, and bicycles), and the analyses of the data obtained from the operation within the model region.