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09. 05. 12. - 17:35

Electrical mobility increasingly popular in Austria

Electrical cars have become more frequent in Austria as electricity produced by photoelectric cells and the like have become more popular.

The environmentally friendly alternatives are now being sponsored by a growing number of companies such as Raiffeisen-Leasing, which not only helps customers finance electrical mobility projects, but also helps with planing them.

These projects benefit not only companies and communities, but also individuals.

Private customer Manfred Hillinger is a good example – he managed to finance the purchase of a Tesla Roadster using a financing deal from Raiffeisen-Leasing.

He said: "In 2010 we decided to put photoelectric cells on our roof and that meant we were more interested in the subject of environmentally friendly products. We decided what we wanted to do was to use our own home-made electricity to effectively allow us to tank up for free."

After a lot of research they settled on buying a Tesla Roadster, because it was also equipped with its own photoelectric cells and said that so far it had delivered around 12,000 km of CO2 neutral travel.

The Roadster was the first highway-capable all-electric vehicle in serial production available in the United States. Since 2008 Tesla has sold more than 2,100 Roadsters in 31 countries through until December 2011.

Tesla began producing right-hand-drive Roadsters in early 2010 for the British Isles, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Roadster has a base price of US$109,000 in the United States, GB£86,950 in the United Kingdom, and €84,000 in continental Europe. As an electric vehicle, the Roadster also qualifies for several government incentives in many nations.

He added that his second car – the BMW diesel – was now used ever less frequently and would eventually be replaced with another electric car.

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