Electric mobility in Austria has been steadily gaining in importance over the last few years. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction continues as a national priority with specific reduction targets for the transport sector.
GHG emissions from the transport sector decreased by 0.9 million tons in 2009 compared to 2008, with a total of 21.7 million tons carbon dioxide equivalent emitted (CO2), yet the current values exceed the target of 19 million tons CO2 eq. set for Austria for the period 2008–2012 by the Climate Strategy 2007.
The National Energy Strategy of 2010 (Energiestrategie) identified several measures towards achieving the National Climate Strategy. It identifies the introduction of electric mobility supplied with renewable energy sources as highly relevant in order to reach the 10% share of renewable energy for transport by 2020 as required by the EU Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources as well as the reduction of the GHG emissions from this sector.