Austria to allow higher speeds for electric cars

Electric cars  owners in Austria can look forward to pushing the throttle a little harder and watch internal combustion vehicles lag behind from their rear-view mirrors. This could be the result of a newly proposed piece of legislation from Austria's government seeking to sweeten the lives of electric motorists.

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Several countries in Europe show a imbalance between political ambitions and consumers' appetite for electric cars. The Austrian parliament also wants to dingle a carrot for residents to abandon their internal combustion buckets, and this incentive is somewhat atypical.

Austrian politicians want to raise the speed limit for electric cars.

More precisely, the higher speed limit would apply to the 440 kilometers of roadway falling under the air pollution protection ordinance, or immissionsschutzgesetzes-Luft (IG-L), under which electric motorists would be allowed to drive 130 km/h – or 30 km/h faster than gasoline and diesel models. The proposal is, according to Tesla media Teslarati, a part of a larger political program to incentivize consumers to switch to electric cars. Not all details concerning the proposal have been made public at the time being.

For instance, Teslarati writes that the status of hybrid cars in the legislation has not yet been established.

A few known items, though, include electric cars being permitted to drive in bus lanes as well as paying less for parking.

The Austrian IG-L zone is an stretch of roadway that normally features a speed limit of 130 km/h, however, in periods of high air pollution, this limit is reduced to 100 km/h. The proposal entails that electric cars would be exempted from having to lower their speed.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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