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Europe: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Available For Rent In Austria

The non-profit Family Construction and Housing Association (FCHA) has, in conjunction with Wien Energie, has set up the first Austrian electric vehicle charging points with an accounting system in a residential community – in other words, EV charging stations for rent.

Five standard ports plus one quick-charging port are available for rent, one of which has already been claimed. The actual use of the recharging point is calculated in kWh and tracked with a TANKE card provided by Wien Energie. To make the deal just a little sweeter, all the electricity purchased through the EV charging stations is from 100% renewable sources.

Electricity Is Cheaper By The Mile

According to FCHA’s calculations, recharging an electric car is much less expensive than filling a gas tank; electricity costs $4-$5 USD for every 100km (sixty miles), while gasoline is twice as expensive. Looking at the per-year cost, if an EV can go 100km on 15-20 kWh, the typical driver will use between 1500 and 2000 kWh per year. The end cost to the driver is $390-$520/year at current EU electricity prices.

EV drivers renting out their very own charging station don’t incur the cost or hassle of installing the stations, either. Bernhard Raffelsberger, FCHA’s CEO, spoke briefly as to why he chose to go the route of renewable energy sources powering electric vehicles, as reported by


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