With 400 new charging stations, Vienna is a capital of e-mobility

Wien Energie, NTT DATA and Schrack start Europe’s biggest rollout of smart charging stations

An additional 400 charging stations for electric vehicles will be installed in the greater Vienna area by the end of 2015. This was announced today by a consortium made up of Wien Energie, NTT DATA, and Schrack, and marks the biggest rollout of smart charging infrastructure in Europe to date. The availability of public charging stations is seen as the key for a more rapid expansion of electromobility. The initiative of the three companies provides a vital stimulus toward an ecologically and economically sustainable future in transport.

According to the Federal Government’s Electromobility Initiative, 4.5 per cent of all vehicles on Austria’s roads will be powered by an electric motor by 2020. This corresponds to 200,000 electric vehicles. This is an ambitious goal, but it can only be achieved if sufficient quick-charging stations are available in public spaces. The reason is that, apart from the now relatively high purchase cost, the greatest obstacle to a quicker proliferation of electric vehicles is the potential buyer’s fear of getting stranded on the side of the road with an empty battery. On the other hand, the small number of electric vehicles currently registered renders the construction of expensive quick-charging stations and their operation ineffective from an economic point of view. To break this vicious circle, one needs companies willing to take a proactive stance, like IT service provider NTT DATA, Wien Energie, or the Austrian energy technology firm Schrack. As the Managing Director of Wien Energie, Robert Grüneis puts it: "Electric filling stations are an important step towards a climate-friendly, clean future. As a leading energy provider in the greater Vienna area, Wien Energie is making a significant contribution toward achieving sustainable mobility. We found the suitable partners for this rollout of smart charging stations in NTT DATA and Schrack. They guarantee professional, state-of-the-art technology and international interoperability of these electric filling stations.“

As a subsidiary of Wiener Stadtwerke, Vienna’s utility company, Wien Energie has been investing in the development of charging infrastructure for years. In the Vienna model region, electric vehicle owners can already choose from a total of 150 charging points. This latest initiative will add another 400 electric filling stations by the end of 2015. Of these, 300 are scheduled for the model region of Vienna, and approx. 100 will be set up in the neighbouring model region "e-commuters in Lower Austria“, located in the area supplied by Wien Energie.

Preference to integrated transport solutions

Currently there is a multitude of charging station networks on a national and international level, involving different operators and different access and payment systems. For this reason, Martin Mai, Managing Director of NTT DATA Österreich GmbH, puts a lot of emphasis in this project on seamless interoperability with the e-mobility regions and e-mobility lighthouse projects in Austria and with other international initiatives. "NTT DATA Österreich has been involved with e-mobility since 2009. We very quickly shifted our focus toward "i-mobility“, i.e. an integrated and intelligent mobility. The objective is not the mere replacement of conventionally powered vehicles with electric automobiles, but a general shift toward intermodal transport concepts, which seamlessly combine individual and public transport. A cornerstone toward achieving this objective is a simple and user-friendly charging station infrastructure, which makes the charging of your electric car as simple as withdrawing money from an ATM“, says Mai.

The NTT platform, developed as part of "eMORAIL", the most important Austrian e-mobility lighthouse project, also constitutes an open solution for the operators of electric filling stations, allowing them to react quickly to changes in a burgeoning market. New charging station hardware can be easily connected without having to discard implemented IT integration investments, for instance in billing or customer relationship management.

Barrier-free, "smart" charging stations

The new charging points allow for registration per SMS, QR code, or contact-free using a card. Automatic billing will also function across borders, since Wien Energie has developed a roaming solution for e-mobility services as part of the EU-sponsored "VIBRATE“ project. In the model regions of Vienna and Graz, barrier-free, interoperable charging is already possible. Further users of the system will follow. In addition, third-party systems are connected to the system via open interfaces. These include, for instance, Paybox or HUBJeCT, a company operated by a German industry consortium.

Schrack, the third partner in this ecological alliance, supplies the electric filling station hardware, another essential component of this ambitious major project. Schrack’s reliable "i-Charge“ electric filling stations, already proven in many other application scenarios, offer suitable solutions for every field: i-Charge home, i-Charge public, and i-Charge grid are tailored to the requirements of their respective environment.

Their integrated software allows for optimum adjustment of the power available and the exact billing of the consumed amount. The format of the billing data generated can be flexibly adjusted to the needs of each customer.
In combination with an intuitive, user-friendly operation, i-Charge is compatible with all electric vehicles currently available. As Wilhelm Großeibl, Chairman of the Board of Schrack Technik GmbH explains: "With its i-Charge product series, Schrack is a pioneer and forerunner of sustainable development in the area of mobility. The promotion of electromobility in combination with renewable energy form the basis for a climate-friendly development in transport.“

Epilogue: E-mobility model regions since 2008

The declared objective of the Vienna Model Region (e-mobility on demand) is a gradual conversion to an integrated transport system. This will result in a meaningful addition of electromobility and electric car sharing to the public transport system. The focus will be placed on multimodal trip chains on the basis of public transport, the creation of hotspots offering a wide range of electric vehicles, conversion of company fleets, and the development of a multifunctional mobility map for users. 

The main objective of the e-commuter model region in Lower Austria is to achieve an energy-efficient and climate-friendly organisation of commuter traffic by shifting the load to public transport, in combination with the use of electric vehicles for individual trips. The e-mobility model regions were initiated and promoted by the Climate and Energy Fund in cooperation with the Ministry of Life in 2008. www.e-connected.at

 

More information

NTT DATA Österreich GmbH

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Press Office Wien Energie GmbH:

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Press Office Schrack Technik GmbH:

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Project coordination E-Mobility Solutions

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