Free test runs in electric cars in Austria

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Motorists can test an electric car free of charge in the Austrian state of Burgenland. This is part of the Interreg AT-HU project SMART Pannonia which is aiming to encourage more people to switch to e-cars.

Around 100 people can apply to test an e-car for free. They can keep the car for three days and drive up to 150 km per day. The only requirement is that they fill in a questionnaire about their impressions before they take the car and once they have handed it back.

The drivers get a fuel card for use at any of the 3 000 charging stations in the country, which is also free, thanks to the project partner, energy company Energie Burgenland.

The ERDF-funded initiative runs from 8 June to 20 September 2020. The drivers register with the Burgenland Mobility Centre which then refers them to one of the five participating car dealerships.

Heinrich Dorner, member of the State Transport Council, says the aim is to make mobility in Burgenland more environmentally friendly in the coming years. This includes setting up charging infrastructure and providing a state subsidy for e-car buyers.

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Source article on on 11/06/2020


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