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EV charging point at Bischofshofen railway station, source: ÖBB

ÖBB expands EV charging network at train stations

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) continues to expand its service for passengers with electric cars. The company has opened a new electric vehicle charging point at Bischofshofen railway station. It is the first EV charging facility in the province of Salzburg.

The EV charging point is located in the Park & Ride area, close to Bischofshofen railway station. The facility is equipped with three sockets of type 2. The charging tariff is 0.5 Euros per hour. The customers can pay for the service by ÖBB card or via smartphone. The new point was installed by ÖBB-Infrastruktur, the infrastructure division of ÖBB, in cooperation with Smatrics company, the Austrian operator of the EV charging network.

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ÖBB EV charging stations, source: ÖBB-Infrastruktur

ÖBB EV charging stations, source: ÖBB-Infrastruktur.

ÖBB’s EV charging network

Together with the Bischofshofen point, the ÖBB’s EV charging network has 29 installations located at railway stations. All of them were equipped with Smatrics. The ÖBB’s EV charging points are installed in seven of nine Austrian provinces (federal states). 18 charging points at the railway stations in the province of Lower Austria, 4 points in Styria, 3 points in Burgenland. Four provinces (Salzburg, Tyrol, Carinthia, Vorarlberg) have only one EV charging point per each. All the chargers work 24 hours a day.

ÖBB regards the EV charging points as a perfect option for its environmentally-friendly power supply policy. The main railway lines in Austria were electrified at the beginning of the 20th century. Last year, ÖBB-Infrastruktur has switched its power supply system to the green current traction. It means that all the electricity used on the Austrian railway network is generated from renewable sources of energy.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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