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Capital
Vienna
Population
8662588
Gross Domestic Product (in billion EUR)
€ 438.84
Total land area (km2)
83858 km2
Passenger cars
4641000
Highway (km)
1720 km
PEV Market Share
0.90%
Gross Domestic Product Capita (in EUR)
€ 50659.23

Austria’s comprehensive transport plan sets quantitative objectives to 2025 which include reducing transport emissions of CO2, PM2,5 and NOX, increasing the share of freight transported by rail and increasing the use of public transport and electric cars. However, Austria does not have a comprehensive sustainable fuel outlook. In 2012 the federal government adopted a national implementation plan “Electromobility in and from Austria” which specifies 65 measures for promoting clean vehicles and sustainable transport. Austria’s understanding of electromobility is deliberately broad, covering various propulsion technologies, and ranging from already well-electrified public transport over duty vehicles and cars to bikes. Promoting electromobility from a transport perspective is seen akin to promoting changes in mobility behaviour as such.

2015 in Austria saw a very dynamic e-bicycle market with Austrian manufacturer KTM Fahrrad GmbH stating that e-bicycles already contribute half of their annual revenues.

New registrations of BEVs in 2015 increased by 30.9% in 2014. The PHEV market experienced two-and-a-half-times as many new registrations of PHEV (+ 153%) compared to the previous year. The beginning of 2016 was marked by a reform in company car taxation with significant benefits for zero-emission vehicles so that the BEV and FCEV numbers are expected to pick up over 2016.

The introduction of sustainable fuels is promoted by various ministries at national level as well as supporting programmes at the regional and incentives at the local levels. Supporting activities range from research and development promotion over tax incentives and focused purchase incentives to broader mobility management measures as well as dedicated support for start-ups.

 

National-level contacts

Institution

Short description

Webpage

Contact person

Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Responsible for general transport policy as well as R&D and implementation support for alternative fuels

Develops National Policy Framework for 2014/94

www.bmvit.gv.at

Hans-Jürgen Salmhofer, Executive Department Mobility Change and Decarbonisation

Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

Responsible for purchase incentives and mobility management support

www.bmnt.gv.at

Robert Thaler, Department IV / 2, Clean Mobility Juergen Streitner, Department VI / 1, Energy Policy and Energy-Intensive Industries

AustriaTech – Federal Agency for Technological Measures Ltd.

Supports the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), e.g. in the field of Electromobility

www.austriatech.at

Thomas Eberhard

A3PS – Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems

Public-Private-Partnership of Transport Ministry and automotive sector

www.a3ps.at

Wolfgang Kriegler, Managing Director

AEA – Austrian Energy Agency

Supports the Environment Ministry in implementing the Austrian climate protection initiative klimaaktiv mobility

www.energyagency.at

Willy Raimund, Center Mobility & Transport

Environment Agency Austria

Sustainable fuels in transport market outlook

www.umweltbundesamt.at

Guenther Lichtblau, Transport & Noise

AMP – Austrian Mobile Power

Industry platform to promote electromobility in Austria

www.austrian-mobile-power.at

Heimo Aichmaier, Managing Director

BEÖ – Austrian Association for Electromobility

Regional Utility Platform for the promotion of electromobility

www.beoe.at

Juergen Halasz, Chairman

BiEM – Austrian initiative for Electromobility

SME initiative for the promotion of electromobility

www.biem.at

Helmut-Klaus Schimany, Chairman

 

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