From 2025, only emission-free taxis should be on the roads in Austria. That is why the industry is now demanding the necessary charging stations at stands. In addition, surveys are being carried out in the state capital for the first taxi places with charging stations.
The taxi stand at Makartplatz in the city of Salzburg could be one of the first stands with the option of electric charging. Currently, the number of purely electric vehicles for taxis in Salzburg is still manageable.
Demand: Land must provide infrastructure
One of the reasons for this is the lack of infrastructure. “We selected Makartplatz and the stand in Lehen as start-up projects, these are two stands where taxis don’t have to move up. For these two places we are collecting costs with the state of Salzburg, because in our opinion the infrastructure must be taken over by politicians. If that works, we will set up several stands, ”says the chairman of the taxi industry, Erwin Leitner.
Taxi drivers want to use standing time to charge
Taxi operator Gregor Lettner describes the waiting time of taxi drivers in the future to be able to charge vehicles. In practice, it is important that there is a 24-hour charging option. We cannot predict when the taxi business will get intense or when there will be peak times. It is therefore important that we can charge at stands while waiting.
From 2025 only e-taxis will be used: the city will raise charging stations
From 2025, only emission-free taxis should be on the roads in Austria. That is why the industry is now demanding the necessary charging stations at the stands. In the state capital, the surveys are running for the first parking spaces with charging stations.
According to the industry, electric taxis in the country are difficult to implement
A taxi drives around 150 to 200 kilometers per shift in the city of Salzburg. In rural areas, however, the industry representatives see the switch to electromobility as a major challenge.
“In rural areas it is almost impossible to guarantee electromobility with current vehicles, because most of the trips are neither planned nor plannable and it makes little sense if the taxi can no longer get anywhere on the way to the airport,” says the chairman of the specialist group of the taxi industry, Erwin Leitner has concerns. According to the city of Salzburg, the first taxi charging stations could not be set up until 2023 at the earliest.