What Moves Us | April 2018

I remember the first time I sat in an electric car. It was at a sustainability event in Grafenegg. Tesla had used a lotus chassis for the first roadster that made it to Austria. My cameraman and I got the chance to ride in it and get all our questions answered: one of the perks of working in media. I got in, dug into my bag for my notebook, shifted in my seat and when I resurfaced we were whirring along at 100 km/h.

I was in love.

My mild obsession with electric cars has, over the years, grown into a deep admiration and enthusiasm for the fast-paced e-mobility industry. I vowed to never buy a car until I could afford an electric one. Imagine my excitement when I got the chance to visit Austria’s own e-mobility trailblazer, Kreisel Electric to talk to Markus Kreisel for our Melange interview. Since they didn’t want to lend me the G-Class they built for Arnold Schwarzenegger, I climbed back into my chosen vehicle from one of the car-sharing companies I increasingly rely on.

Today, we’re still examining what to make of the sharing part of the new economy. To get a clearer look, we juxtaposed new and old-economy transportation solutions, from car-sharing to high-speed rail, in our business story. Not everyone’s a believer, however, as Angelika Reitzer explains in her opinion piece, asking whether gig economy is socially viable. No matter if you share one or own one, you do need an Austrian driver’s license to use the streets and we’ve compiled a How To on transferring foreign driver’s licenses to Austrian ones.

Vienna’s DNA seems to have anticipated today’s fascination with e-mobility, since the city has been on the electric mobility bandwagon for decades, as we investigate in the cover story. For a primer on the history of trams in Vienna, check out our review of the Vienna Traffic Museum. You’ll find all the stats to be an expert on Viennese and Austrian mobility on our stats pages. The gargantuan project that is the Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) and the surrounding Sonnwendviertel are the stars of our City Life story. We also spoke to four Viennese mobility experts who help us keep moving.

With our airspace becoming increasingly crowded, our Vienna Legal column looks at how drones are regulated in Austria.

But it’s not just people who need to be moved. One of the biggest challenges in the mobility industry, thanks to the surge in e-commerce, is the question of the last mile. While we hope autonomous driving won’t lead to more of these, check out our Last Word if you don’t know what a Karambolage is.

However you get there, our culture pages are full of arts and entertainment all across town. Grab a Jahreskarte, hop in a shared car, or ride your bike to the next electric car charging station. Whether you drive or ride, share the city well. You know how.

don’t be a stranger,

Margaret Childs
Margaret (Maggie) Childs is the CEO and Publisher of METROPOLE. Originally from New York, Vienna has been her home since high school. She is known for non-stop enthusiasm, talking too fast, inhaling coffee and being a board member of AustrianStartups, where she helps entrepreneurs internationalize. Follow her on Instagram @maggie_childs and twitter @mtmchilds.

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