The e-Mobility concept
We believe that any future-oriented mobility concept needs to account for the importance of a comprehensive network of electric charging points. Without such a network, it will be impossible to meet the demands of tomorrow's e-Vehicular traffic. We further believe it is imperative to plan ahead, and to keep structures as simple as possible. Any hardware or software modifications can be made later, should the need arise. Our e-Mobility concept rests on the assumption that a well-developed infrastructure will, by itself, bring more and more e-Vehicles into the region. This strategy is in accordance with recent findings of the working groups set up by the European Commission.
To date, the "Initiative for Sustainability and Alternative Mobility " has installed over 170 electric charging points across Carinthia. Furthermore, the partners of the initiative such as KELAG Carinthia's Chamber of Commerce, A1-Telekom, and the City of Klagenfurt have also been busy building (during their ongoing projects) electric charging points, up to a total of ca. 60, in our region. All in all it is a amount of about 230 such facilities in Carinthia.
The charging points of the initiative: conceptual background
Above all, the charging points are designed to meet the needs of our customers. Put in simple terms, this means that they not only conform to all current statutory and safety requirements, but that they are also as easy to use as possible.
The charging points have a modular design. Looking identical on the outside, two different models are in use today:
1) Basic charging point (3,7 kW output)
2) Intelligent charging point (22 kW output)
Featuring common safety power sockets, our basic charging points are very cost-effective and user-friendly. What's more, they are fully upgradable: a hardware modification, which can be done at any point, converts them into intelligent charging points.
Our intelligent charging points include a state-of-the-art electronic charging and billing system. Visually, they appear identical to the basic model, with the sole exception of a built-in display interface. Thanks to their intelligent software that connects them to an appropriate network, they can operate on a demand-based level in real time. This feature utilizes power grid monitoring in order to automatically balance load peaks that can arise when multiple charging processes take place simultaneously.
All users of our intelligent charging points need to be authenticated electronically, which requires an ID card. Our authentication system uses the GPRS protocol to connect to our central server, where all relevant data are stored. Because of the standards of data protection only the ID numbers will be stored in the charge system, but not the personal data of the holders of the ID card.
However, our team believes that our intrepid e-Mobility pioneers shouldn't be burdened with those added features right away. First and foremost, we aim to provide the infrastructure to ensure our customers' unlimited e-Mobility. By building a functioning and user-friendly network of charging points, we want to demonstrate the viability of e-Mobility, and thus set an example for the "Europe of Regions."
Our charging facilities are available in various configurations. During the development process, we realized that we wouldn't be able to satisfy the market's complex demands with one or two models only. This is why we currently offer eight different types of charging points, ranging from our smallest wall-mounted single-socket charging points to our large upright units, which are 8.5 ft tall.