Explore Lower Austria: Top destinations for the end of summer

Why travel far or even fly away when these destinations with the best vacation feeling are waiting right around the corner to explore Lower Austria? Vineyards for hikers, lakes for beach vacationers, culture and history – Lower Austria offers it all.

And the best: No plane, bus or train is necessary, you reach all destinations with our comfortable ELOOPs. So let’s hop into one of our e-cars today and jet from Vienna to the most beautiful vacation destinations to explore Lower Austria.

Wachau: Explore Lower Austria by e-car

The Mediterranean climate in Krems, Dürnstein and Weißenkirchen awakens vacation feelings reminiscent of the Adriatic Sea. With our electric cars from ELOOP we drive comfortably along the Romantic Road along the Danube. We enjoy the cultural flair of Krems, hike up mountains with breathtaking views and enjoy regional delicacies from the Heurigen – and treat ourselves to the gifted apricots. In short: Here we can really enjoy ourselves.

We explore Wachau in three stages, including an overnight stay in Weißenkirchen:

1st stage: Enjoy cultural flair in Krems

Krems, the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau, is considered a cultural hotspot you definitely have to explore in Lower Austria. That’s why we definitely won’t miss the Krems Art Mile. Contemporary or historical, there is something for everyone.

2nd stage: Climbing the castle ruin in Dürnstein

Our ELOOP e-car takes us on to Dürnstein, where we take the hiking trail to the castle ruins on the mountain. After about 20 to 30 minutes of moderately steep uphill climbing, we reach the well-preserved ruin, which to our delight is also accessible. From there, we enjoy the outstanding view of Dürnstein and the surrounding landscape – perfect content for our insta Insta-Feed!

Tip: Those interested in history can take a longer route to the castle with the approximately 90-minute themed trail and pick up a portion of medieval history along the way.

3rd stage: Enjoy the finest Riesling in Weißenkirchen and stay overnight

From Dürnstein we continue the not even 7 km to Weißenkirchen, according to legend this place is the origin of the Riesling grape. Of course we stop at one of the idyllically located Heurigen, surrounded by vineyards and stone terraces.

Our tip – staying overnight in Weißenkirchen: It feels really good to be out of the hustle and bustle of Vienna again, so we spontaneously decide to spend a night here in Weißenkirchen. No problem with the favorable day rate of ELOOP. So the next day we can still enjoy the beautiful landscape on the leisurely circular hiking trail Achleiten (also suitable for strollers).

Charge your electric car on the road: We are particularly pleased, that we can easily charge our Tesla from ELOOP’s e-car sharing fleet at all major locations along the Romantic Road – that’s Roadtrippin’ 2021! Find out how you can always quickly find the nearest charging station in this article.

Trip Details:

  1. Stop: Krems on the Danube, Austria (78 km from Vienna)
  2. Stop: Dürnstein, 3601, Austria (9 km from Krems)
  3. Stop: Weißenkirchen in der Wachau, 3610, Austria (9 km from Dürnstein)
  • Distance of the Trip: 94 km in total
  • Travel time: total about 1 hr. 25 min.
Pärchen picknickt gegenüber von Dürnstein
©Donau Niederösterreich / Steve Haider

Explore Lower Austria: Time to relax in Therme Laa

There are plenty of destinations in Lower Austria, even for rainy days. A trip with an ELOOP to the Therme Laa is our tip for all those who are looking for inner peace above all. We almost can’t decide what is more relaxing: traveling with our ELOOP Tesla or the massage pools in the Therme.

After parking our e-car to recharge, we’re already chilling in the sauna a few minutes later and relaxing completely in the whirlpool. Only the Silent Spa at Therme Laa is even quieter than the electric motor of our Tesla. Here in Therme Laa we can really switch off and leave all the hustle and bustle and stress behind us. Who needs the Maldives for that?

Trip Details:

  • Adresse: Therme Laa, Thermenpl. 3, 2136 Laa an der Thaya, Austria.
  • Distance from Wien: about 80 km
  • Travel time: about 1 hr. 15 min.
Therme Laa
©Therme Laa

Tesla ride to the paradise of aromas: Sonnentor

This time we whiz to Sprögnitz in our e-car. Here we enjoy a tour through Sonnentor’s world of scents and flavors. We not only watch the production of organic teas, but also enjoy the numerous fragrant spice blends with all our senses. But not only that.

Our tip – Herb hike: There are even guided walks where we can see where the herbs grow. It feels good to know that we didn’t pollute them with exhaust gases by going here. With our ELOOP, we can fully enjoy exploring destinations in Lower Austria without having a guilty conscience.

While our Tesla still waits for us, we enjoy the creatively seasoned dishes at the organic restaurant Leibspeis. Finally, we take a pair of spice blends from the souvenir store and take the relaxing drive back to Vienna in our e-car from ELOOP.

Trip Details:

  • Adresse: SONNENTOR Sprögnitz, Sprögnitz 10, 3910 Sprögnitz, Austria.
  • Distance von Wien: 72 km
  • Travel time: about 1 hr. 35 min. – 1 hr. 50 min.
Sonnentor Frei-Hof
©Sonnentor

Alpaca hike: Explore Lower Austria with the whole family

The alpacas on the Hohe Wand are perhaps the destination in Lower Austria with the highest cuteness factor of all. The winding uphill ride on our ELOOP Tesla is already the first exciting highlight on our trip to the alpaca hike on the Hohe Wand. At the top, cute llamas and alpacas are waiting for us. For two hours we hike with them through nature, pet them, take selfies with them and make friends.

We enjoy the cloudless day and the company of the fluffy animals. Time passes quickly and before we know it, we are back in our ELOOP Tesla and zipping back home. Unfortunately, none of the alpacas fit into our e-car, otherwise we would have gladly taken one with us. 🙂

If the weather is not suitable for you on the day of the excursion, you don’t have to worry: The hike will simply be postponed in case of rain and you won’t lose your money.

Trip Details:

  • Adresse: Hohe Wand Nature Park, Kleine Kanzel-Straße 241, 2724 Maiersdorf, Austria.
  • Distance von Wien:: 72 km
  • Travel time: about 1 hr. 10 min.

Street art in Würmla: Explore Lower Austria and fill your Insta feed

There are a lot of destinations to explore Lower Austria, but street art is only in Vienna, right? Nope! Open the ELOOP app – get in the Tesla – get out of the city – and boom, in no time at all we’re in the market town of Würmla, about 60 km west of Vienna. The spot is our personal insider tip among the excursion destinations in Lower Austria.

In 2019, old barns and silos were painted and sprayed here. The result of this art project can be seen. Between hills and forests, the art project “Würmla’s walls” shows urban street art in rural space – a great contrast. We were totally surprised by the spot, you have to see these artworks!

Either you explore the masterpieces, which cover a total of 10 localities, by foot. The longest circular walk, which covers all 13 works of art, stretches over 23 km. We therefore recommend one of the smaller circular trails (7, 10 or 12 km). The starting and finishing point for each route is Würmla Castle.

Or you can simply cruise through the area in one of ELOOP’s Tesla like we did. We couldn’t get enough of the mystical paintings – Austrian culture at it’s finest!

Würmlas Wände
Grub ©Alexander Rauch, Samuel Traber

Trip Details:

  • Adresse: Würmla Castle, Schlossweg 2, 3042 Würmla
  • Distance von Wien:: 48 km (via B1), 56 km (via A1), 66 km (via A22)
  • Travel time: about 1 hr. 10 min.

You want to charge your ELOOP on the road? Here you can find helpful information and tips for charging your ELOOP Tesla.

Inspired? Then register now for free with ELOOP E-Carsharing, so that you can soon cruise spontaneously to Lower Austria whenever you want.

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Find the nearest charging stations at high speed

Are there enough charging stations for ELOOP users?

Survey: Finding a charging station for e-cars

25% of the ELOOP community can’t always find a free charging station quickly. To make the search easier, we’ve compiled the best maps and apps for you here. Let’s go:

Find stations for your ELOOP via Google Maps

Whether you’re already on the road or still planning your trip. You can always find all options for your ELOOP trips via Google Maps, of course.

  1. Start the navigation for your route in Maps
  2. Then click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner
  3. In the search field “search along the route” you now enter for example “electric car charging station.
  4. Maps will now show you possible charging stations along your route.

See stations via app and map for Vienna and Austria

If you are cruising through Austria with your ELOOP, there are over 1,900 stations in and around Vienna and over 5,000 throughout Austria (as of September 2021).

The easiest way to find out where the next free station for your ELOOP Tesla is is to use the “Wien Energie Tanke” app (download directly for iOS/iPhone or for Android). In the app, you can also see at a glance which charging stations are currently free.

The map on the Wien Energie website also shows you all charging stations.

Do you know that we have doubled our home zone in Vienna in the summer of 2021? Maybe there will soon be an ELOOP right on your doorstep? Here you can see which areas of Vienna have been added.

Charging stations specifically for Germany

There are already 24,400 stations for electric cars in Germany (September 2021). And the number is growing every day. With 20,400 stations in the same quarter last year, this corresponds to an increase of almost 20 percent within one year.

This interactive map from the German Federal Network Agency shows where the nearest charging station is in your area.

Find a Tesla Supercharger for your ELOOP

At ELOOP, you’re also on the road with the pioneer when it comes to charging technology. With the Superchargers, i.e. the fast charging stations specially developed by Tesla, ultra-fast charging is possible. The Generation V2 Superchargers are the most common in Europe and have a capacity of 150kW. Since summer 2020, more and more Superchargers V3 with 250 kW have also been added.

Good to know: In the case of Superchargers, the charging cable is located on the charging station itself. Information and tips on fast charging at Tesla Superchargers can be found here.

In Austria, there are currently 26 Supercharger stations with a total of around 200 charging points. In Germany, Tesla drivers can access 90 Supercharger locations with over 1,000 charging stations so far (as of September 2021). You can find a map with all Tesla Superchargers here.

See Superchargers with the on-board computer in the ELOOP

With ELOOP, you can always keep an eye on all Supercharger stations for possible charging breaks while you’re on the road. Even if you’re almost in the Dolomites or one of the beautiful lakes in Austria. The on-board computer shows you where the next Supercharger is at all times.

That way, you don’t run the risk of missing a fast charging station. And in the worst case, you could end up waiting an unnecessarily long time at a charging station with low power. The on-board computer also shows you how much time you should allow for a charging stop.

Use Destination Charging locations as charging stations

Destination Charging locations at hotels, restaurants and shopping centers are also a good way to charge your ELOOP during longer breaks. Just like the Superchargers for ultra-fast charging, these are also a Tesla project. Here, however, as the name suggests, you need a bit more staying power.

It takes about three hours to recharge a Tesla from ELOOP at a destination charging station. So they’re especially good for charging your e-car during longer breaks. For example, if you pass a nice little town on your route that you want to explore. Or if you’re planning an extended shopping trip.

In most cases, the use of Destination Charging stations is free of charge. The map shows where you can find Destination Chargers.

Helpful tips and information about charging your ELOOP can be found in this article.

You can also find two video tutorials on charging ELOOP’s Tesla Model 3 in our FAQs.

Sources:

Online-Information from Statista.com: Anzahl der Ladestationen für Elektrofahrzeuge in Deutschland im Zeitraum 1. Quartal 2020 bis 3. Quartal 2021 (Stand: Juli 2021,  zuletzt abgerufen am 07.09.2021.)

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E-Auto-Mythen / E-car-myths Tesla im Faktencheck

True or false? 5 annoying myths about e-cars you should know about

E-car myths: There are still many half-truths circulating around electric cars. Most of them date back to a time when electric mobility was still in its infancy.

Time for a fact check! Which e-car myths are long outdated and which have a kernel of truth?

#1 E-car myths: Electric cars have a worse CO2 footprint

False. Viewed over their entire life cycle, electric cars have long been clearly ahead. Only the CO2 balance in production is worse than that of combustion engines. But as representative studies show, electric cars will have made up for this after 30,000 km at the latest.

Why is the CO2 debate so persistent among the myths about e-cars?

The criticism arose primarily from the heated debate about the manufacture of the batteries, which actually produces relatively large amounts of CO2 equivalent. Outdated model assumptions in scientific publications, including a much-criticized publication by the Ifo Institute from 2019, further fueled the discussions about the negative CO2 balance of rechargeable batteries

But today, everyone agrees, including former critics: viewed over the entire life cycle, e-cars unanimously get the green light in terms of CO2 emissions. They even perform better “with a significantly more positive greenhouse gas balance compared to conventional passenger cars,” according to an Ifo publication from 2020.
A study published in July 2021 by the ICCT (International Council on Clean Transportation) shows that a European compact-class electric car emits a full two-thirds less CO2 than an equivalent combustion engine. In fact, between 66 and 69 percent.

It’s also great that the CO2 balance will continue to fall as a result of more energy-efficient manufacturing processes that focus on renewable energy sources.

How does the Tesla Model 3 of the ELOOP fleet compare in the CO2 debate?

In 2020, Eindhoven University of Technology compared the CO2 emissions of a Tesla Model 3 with those of a Mercedes C 220 d. The result: at 91 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilometer, the Tesla produces 65 percent less CO2 over its entire life cycle.

Assuming the battery does not need to be replaced, the Tesla has already made up for its initial shortfall (due to the high CO2 impact of battery production) compared with the Mercedes C-Class after just 30,000 kilometers driven.

By the way: ELOOPS Tesla are powered by 100% green electricity – which additionally leads to a better CO2 balance!

#2 E-car myths: There are not enough charging stations

A classic among the e-car myths, in which there is (still) a kernel of truth. In and around Vienna alone, however, there are already over 1,900 charging stations – and the number is growing every day. In Austria, a total of more than 5,000 charging stations are available for electric cars, and the network is best developed in Lower Austria.

Overall, however, there is no doubt that there is still a lot to be done in terms of charging infrastructure in Europe. That’s why countless charging points for e-cars are being added every day. The rapid expansion is getting a boost from the increasing number of e-cars on the roads. Government subsidies for electric mobility also play a crucial role in the expansion of the charging infrastructure.

Supermarkets, parking garages, catering establishments and hotels that have not yet provided charging facilities for their customers will be stepping up in the near future. Companies are also becoming more aware of their responsibility and are gradually providing charging stations for their employees.

Even though there is still a lot of room for improvement, as long as charging stops are always planned for long trips and in rural areas, there is already nothing stopping relaxed driving with an electric car.

Tesla Supercharger charging stations in Austria and Germany

Tesla drivers can rejoice: the manufacturers are also pulling ahead in the expansion of charging stations, and Tesla is considered a pioneer here and is way ahead with its Superchargers. In Europe, V2 Superchargers with an output of 150kW are the most widespread. More and more Supercharger charging stations are being added – with increasingly higher charging capacities. Since July 2020, the charging infrastructure with V3 Superchargers with up to 250 kW has also been increased in Europe.

In Austria, there are currently 26 Supercharger charging stations with a total of around 200 charging points. In Germany, there are over 90 Supercharger locations, and in June 2021, the 1,000 charging point was installed (as of 07/2021). A map with all Tesla Superchargers can be found here.

#3 E-car myths: Charging takes far too long

Seriously, of course it takes longer to charge a battery than it does to simply flood fossil fuel into a tank. But the fact that the second isn’t a cool move that we’ll be happy to tell our grandchildren about hopefully doesn’t need any discussion. Or do we?

How long the charging time of an e-car is in practice depends on several factors. The two most important are the maximum charging power of the charging station and the charging power of the electric car itself. For both parameters, the lower value is the limiting factor.

For example, the time it takes to fully charge an electric car currently varies between 20 minutes and several hours. At a simple AC charging station, the average is currently two to four hours. It is much faster at a DC fast charging station. Since 2016, these have also been expanded throughout Europe. With 150 kW, sometimes even up to 300 kW, a range of around 100 km is possible after just a few minutes.

However, only very few electric cars are able to use the maximum power of the charging stations. In this case, the charging station recognizes the lower charging power of the electric car and throttles its own down accordingly. This shortcoming is unnecessary with luxury-class e-cars, such as a Tesla.

How high is the charging power with a Tesla from ELOOP?

You can hardly be more innovative on the road than with a Tesla, of course fast charging is possible at any fast charging station. The charging power of the Tesla Model 3 from ELOOP, for example, is up to 225 kW

This means: with a Supercharger the charging time is 45 min (10%-90% range), with CCS 50 kW the Tesla is fully charged again in one and a half hours, with a connection with 11 kW you get back to full range after 4.5 hours. A guide and tips for charging your Tesla from ELOOP can be found here.

Tesla Supercharger: Up to 120 km range in just five minutes

Tesla’s first Superchargers were tested back in 2012. Today, the technology is already so mature that the latest generation, the Supercharger V3, can reach a peak power of 250 kW. The Tesla Model 3 with its large battery can thus be recharged to a range of 120 km in just five minutes.

And the trend is upwards: Elon Musk tweeted in July 2021 that the Supercharger network will get an upgrade up to 300 kW and also already spoke of a V4 Supercharger generation with up to 350 kW.

With the increasingly powerful technologies, it is only a matter of time before the topic of charging time disappears by itself among the e-car myths.

#4 E-car myths: electric cars have too limited range

First things first: combustion engines (still) have a longer range than electric cars. The limiting factor in the range of electric cars is the battery. These are becoming more and more powerful – while the space required for installation remains the same. So it is only a matter of time before the electric engine beats the combustion engine in terms of range.

What range is now considered to be low for electric cars is subjective. In any case, most drivers expect a car to have a greater range than they would actually need in everyday driving. An analysis by VCÖ on the subject of e-mobility shows, for example, that 94% of all car trips by the Austrian population are less than 50 km long.

Since 400 km is already standard for many electric cars, the range problem for electric cars should not be a legitimate point of discussion, at least for everyday use.

What is the range of ELOOPS Tesla?

With a fully charged Tesla Model 3 from ELOOP you get a range of 420 km. This is enough for a spontaneous trip from Vienna to Zagreb, Ljubjana, Prague or Budapest.

With just one charging stop, you can easily get from Vienna to Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Venice, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Warsaw or Krakow. Fancy a weekend trip? Register now and book your first trip!

Myth #5: Electric cars are less fun to drive

Ever driven a Tesla Model 3 from ELOOP? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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ELOOP expands: Doubled homezone with new Teslas

The ELOOP community can celebrate: The long awaited wish of our users for a zone extension comes true. With the extended homezone we enlarge our business area in Vienna. In this way, we want to meet the increased demand for e-carsharing in Vienna. We have been testing new areas since July the 6th. The ELOOP cars can then be rented and unrented there.

Which areas of Vienna will be added to the ELOOP homezone?

For the first time, we are testing areas above the Danube. This means that completely new parts of the Floridsdorf and Donaustadt districts will be added. But also in the area of Hietzing we extend our business area for the first time.

Areas of the following districts will be added:

  • 1020 Vienna Leopoldstadt
  • 1100 Vienna Favoriten
  • 1110 Vienna Simmering
  • 1120 Vienna Meidling
  • 1130 Vienna Hietzing
  • 1140 Vienna Penzing
  • 1160 Vienna Ottakring
  • 1170 Vienna Hernals
  • 1180 Vienna Währing
  • 1190 Vienna Döbling
  • 1200 Vienna Brigittenau
  • 1210 Vienna Floridsdorf
  • 1220 Vienna Donaustadt

Particularly in demand were the districts of Floridsdorf and Donaustadt, as well as parts of Döbling and Favoriten. Residents of Dornbach, Unter St.Veit, Hetzendorf and the Stuwerviertel district can also look forward to the future. We are excited about the upcoming developments and look forward to expanding our service.


Usage behavior decides which areas of Vienna will finally be included

Our users play a major role in the final decision on which areas of Vienna our ELOOPs will be available for rent in the long term. After a test phase we will analyze the usage behavior in the new areas. With the help of these evaluations, we will decide which areas of Vienna will be permanently included in the ELOOP homezone. Our service team will take care of the best possible allocation of e-cars in the ELOOP area.

But users will soon also be able to actively participate in fleet management. For this, our service will be implemented in the StreetCrowd-app. Complete tasks for our e-carsharing fleet and earn money doing so. Sign up now!

Expansion of the ELOOP fleet: New Teslas on Vienna’s streets

Our fleet is constantly growing. As our home zone expands, we are also making brand new Teslas available for rent. A total of 200 ELOOP Teslas will be on Vienna’s roads by the end of this year. This is made possible by our investors, the Graz-based real estate developer C&P and Venionaire Capital, as well as other new and long-standing investors and partners.

Team growth: ELOOP gets reinforcement

It is a big challenge to realize the homezone expansion including the new Tesla fleet in such a short time. We can only do this with a strong team. ELOOP has been joined in recent months by numerous dynamic and creative talents. They all share a common vision: to further advance an environmentally friendly mobility concept and to share resources and space.

ELOOP specializes: We’re going all Tesla from now on

We have learned a lot in the last few years: By collecting and analyzing a lot of data on usage behavior, we understand the needs of users in urban environments with regard to e-carsharing better and better. To meet these needs, we have taken our Smarts and Renault Zoes out of the fleet and now rely entirely on Tesla.

The main reason: Teslas have a longer range. Many users want to get out of the city and rent an e-car for long distances – often for a whole weekend.

This is also very much in line with our vision of complementing environmentally friendly mobility: with our concept, we primarily want to make longer journeys attractive, rather than an alternative to public transport in urban areas.

In addition, the Teslas are better equipped and larger. This offers our users more comfort and flexibility in terms of use. With the focus on Tesla, ELOOP becomes an even more attractive alternative to private cars.

Register now for free!

Our cooperation with Drei

Of course, one of our main goals has always been to be able to offer Teslas in our service. Since our fleet currently consists of BMW i3s, Renault Zoes and Smart EQs, it was time to bring the much sought-after and best-known electric car brand into our car sharing service. After more than a year of Eloop car sharing, we are more than happy to add our first Tesla Model 3 to our fleet.

This step was made possible by the cooperation with Drei. With the cooperation with telecommunication provider, the fleet is now to be expanded with Tesla models. How many vehicles Drei wants to provide for the service depends on the success of the first cars.

Drei overview
Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (Hong Kong) and a member of 3Group Europe. Drei achieved sales of EUR 867 million in the 2019 financial year and has around 3.9 million customers. As a leading telecommunications provider in Austria, the company offers mobile telephony, Internet, landline, television and business solutions from a single source.

Our new subscription models

We responded to customer feedback and after a few inquiries decided to create different subscription models. This should enable our users to benefit from various advantages and benefits.

Freemium, Premium, Ultimate – which one suits me?

There are three pricing models. The minutes / hours / daily prices vary depending on the subscription. In addition to our Freemium model for € 0 / month, there are the models Premium for € 8.90 / month and Ultimate for € 59.90 / month. With these two models, you benefit from reduced prices, free unlocks, more kilometers per trip and less deductible.

With the Premium and Ultimate subscription models, you not only save yourself the € 1 unlock each time, but also enjoy cheaper minute, hourly and daily prices. In addition, you have more km / trip included and pay significantly less for the additional kilometers than in the freemium tariff. The deductible is also reduced in the two subscriptions. While the deductible is € 1200 for the freemium subscription, it is only € 900 for the premium subscription and € 600 for the ultimate.

With the freemium tariff, you do not benefit from any discounts and benefits, but you can use the service at any time flexibly, without commitment and without additional costs.

Our service is designed for longer rents of several hours and days, so the decision to purchase a Premium or Ultimate subscription pays off, especially for multiple or longer journeys.

Some examples:

Anna makes 2x day-rents with the BMW i3 per month:
Freemium – 2 * 74.33 € + 2 * 1 € = 150.66 €
Premium – 2 * € 65.90 + € 8.90 = € 140.70

Paul makes 10x day-rents with the ED3 per month:
Premium – 10 * € 29.90 + € 8.90 = € 307.90
Ultimate – 10 * € 23.25 + € 59.90 = € 292.40

You can now simply select the premium tariff in the ELOOP app. The Ultimate tariff can currently only be selected on request, it is in beta.
More information: https://eloop.at/en/pricing/

Decide your advantage yourself!

All important information & tips for charging ELOOP-Cars

For many people, electric cars are still unfamiliar. Especially with the charging of the vehicles, most have not yet made any experiences. However, especially in Vienna, charging and parking can be combined excellently and often saves the annoying search for a parking space. In this article we show how easy charging works and what advantages it has for you.

But how does charging work now?

  1. All ELOOP cars are equipped with a Wien Energie charging card, which is stored in the center console. With this card you can charge our cars within Vienna at all public Wien Energie charging stations for free.
  2. The charging cable is located in the (under)trunk of the Tesla. Plug one end into the charging station and the other into the car. Then hold the charging card against the RFID reader at the charging station. As soon as the lights on the station turn solid blue, the charging process has begun. The charging time is now shown on the display. In addition, the current charging status is now updated every few minutes in the ELOOP app.
  3. Now you can either pause or end your trip.
    END: Please make sure that when you end your trip at a charging station, the battery has less than 50%. In this case, our service team will take care of disconnecting the battery.
    PAUSING: If you are only pausing your trip and charging the car, please make sure to unplug and re-park the car in time. Because after the car is fully charged, it must not be left at the charging station.
  4. To unplug the charging cable, press “End charging” and “Unlock” on the car display. Then unplug the charging cable from the vehicle first and then from the charging station. Now start your journey or park the car.

IMPORTANT: In general, if you park at a charging station, the car must be plugged in or charged. Parking alone, even with an electric car, is not allowed. Please make sure that the electric car is not parked at the station longer than the charging process takes.

For public charging stations the following applies:stations:

From Monday to Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., the place must be released after the charging process is finished, in any case 15 minutes after the e-car is fully charged. Between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., the e-vehicle can remain stationary.

Charge & Save

Since March 2020, you will benefit from discounted daily rates on all ELOOP cars if the vehicle is parked again with at least 90% battery level. This means that you can easily save 10€ by charging your car for free at a Wien Energie City charging station before the end of the rental period. In this way, you not only help us to ensure that our cars can be rented again as quickly as possible, but you also save yourself money!

Source: https://www.beoe.at/wien/

Movement and social distancing with carsharing

The health of the ELOOP community and our service staff is a top priority. That is why we want to inform you about our measures in response to the latest developments related to the coronavirus.

Our service is still available to you without restrictions. The WKO explicitly says that the vehicle rental should continue to operate in order to maintain the mobility chain.

Our service staff have received instructions to regularly disinfect their hands and their equipment. Of course, this is for your protection, but also for our employees themselves.

How safe are our electric cars during the Corona Crisis?

On average, a car is driven by 1-2 people for several hours a day. A direct contact to other people does not take place with a rental, since the processing is completely digital via the mobile phone. Because human contact is one of the main reasons for transmitting the virus (coughing, sneezing, etc.), our cars are very safe. The best measure to slow the spread, is to distance yourself from other people (social distancing).

According to experts, a distance of 1-2 meters from other people is enough to significantly reduce the risk. If you take care to wash your hands, there is practically no risk of infection in our cars. We are big fans of public transport in Vienna and also work with Wiener Linien. However, in times like these it is much more advisable to drive alone than to get on the subway with many other people.

Precautions

In order to be able to move safely during this state of emergency, we have taken the following precautions:

  • Of course, our ELOOP cars are increasingly cleaned and disinfected.
  • A disinfectant spray will also be found in all cars throughout the week. We kindly ask you to not take them with you, so all ELOOP users have the opportunity to disinfect them.
  • Basically we suggest you wash / disinfect your hands before the start and after the end of your trip. Your mobile phone should also be cleaned and disinfected more often. Please also follow the instructions of the health authorities (sneezing and coughing only in the elbows, etc.).
  • We want to ease the car sharing threshold for everyone by lifting the registration fee for the next few weeks. Registration is now free.
  • In addition, the day-rentals of all cars will be cheaper if you end your trip with the vehicle fully loaded. Please do not forget that the charging stations are not a regular parking lot. Therefore, after the charging process, please park the car in a normal parking lot and end the rental there.

We wish you and your families all the best – stay safe!

And have a good trip!

Hydrogen vs. Electric cars

François Isaac de Rivaz, a French officer, built an hydrogen-powered car in 1807. He carried the hydrogen in a balloon and led it into the reciprocating engine, where it was simply burned.

A lot has changed in technology over the last 200 years – so also with the progress of building environmentally friendly cars and other means of transport. However, the hydrogen car with its fuel cell has not yet really been able to establish itself, even though various manufacturers have tried it over the past few years.

What is a fuel cell car anyway?

A fuel cell is an electricity supplier. For example, hydrogen serves as fuel, which reacts in the cell with the oxygen from the air – this generates electricity and the only waste product here is water vapor. In contrast to an electric car, the hydrogen car generates its electricity almost in real time on board. The range is much longer than that of an electric car and it only takes a few minutes to refuel.

The problems

The costs: Such a car costs quite a bit of money, and refueling is considerably more expensive than a charging station.

The fuel: Hydrogen (chemical symbol “H”) is the most common element in the solar system, but on earth it only occurs in a bound form, for example in water (H2O). Electrolysis can break down water into its elements of hydrogen and oxygen, but it takes a lot of electricity. Therefore, the hydrogen required is predominantly obtained from natural gas today – not the most sustainable variant.

The infrastructure: Have you ever noticed a hydrogen filling station in Austria? If not, it’s definitely not up to you. Because only 5 of these stations are available throughout Austria. These are available in Vienna, Wiener Neudorf, Asten, Innsbruck and Graz – and here we are already dealing with the biggest problem – the chicken and egg problem. As long as there is not enough demand, the expansion of this infrastructure is not really worth it – and vice versa, people do not buy a fuel cell vehicle if the infrastructure is not already available. In contrast to battery cars, you cannot refuel a fuel cell car at home. But also the size difference between a hydrogen filling station and a fast charging station for electric cars is enormous. The gas tanks are extremely large due to their required volume. In addition, the energy consumption for hydrogen cars is 2.4 times as high as for cars with batteries.

Hydrogen: You also need a lot of electricity to produce hydrogen from water. The hydrogen obtained is then stored in gas tanks and after car refueling it is directly converted into electricity. This process is relatively expensive and is therefore a fundamental disadvantage. In addition, only 25% of the original energy in a fuel cell vehicle leads to movement, the rest is lost. In the case of battery-operated electric cars, this value is around 70%.

Depending on the application, either battery electric cars or fuel cell vehicles are more suitable. However, all environmentally friendly forms of drive are important and each one has its effect in order to make road traffic cleaner.

Nevertheless, the proportion of alternative forms of drive will continue to increase to enable sustainable and environmentally friendly transport.

Source:
https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000098803079/wasserstoffautos-reichweite-alleine-reicht-nicht?amplified=True
https://www.oeamtc.at/autotouring/auto/wasserstoff-der-brennstoff-der-zukunft-19490466 https://futurezone.at/produkte/wasserstoff-tankstelle-explodiert-verkauf-von-autos-gestoppt/400521115
https://www.spiegel.de/auto/aktuell/brennstoffzelle-deshalb-setzen-sich-wasserstoffautos-bisher-nicht-durch-a-1273042-amp.html https://futurezone.at/amp/science/wie-sinnvoll-wasserstoff-als-treibstoff-ist/400543094

How and where can I park in Vienna?

Parking in cities often seems complicated and many drivers are never really sure. Especially if you are not traveling by car regularly, you don’t have to worry as much about the various parking systems and possible costs. This blog post creates clarity about general parking in Vienna and parking as a car sharing user.

Short-term parking zone

In the inner districts of Vienna, the so-called short-term parking zone applies. This means that cars can only stay in a certain parking space for a certain time. In the areas marked in red, the maximum parking time is 2 hours and in the blue areas 3 hours. If the short-term parking zone is disregarded, costs of € 36 are incurred. There are no parking costs outside of these zones.

Car sharing advantage:

As long as road traffic regulations permit, a car sharing car can be parked anywhere in Vienna without hesitation. The big advantage is that the short-term parking zone does not apply to car sharing vehicles. A car can be rented for a whole day and can be parked at any public car park without time limit.

Rental car / stationary car sharing:

A classic rental car or a private car would have to be moved every two or three hours and pay € 2.10 per hour.
Example of a businessman’s business trip: Assuming that the vehicle is driven for about 3 hours a day, the parking costs are € 16.80 per day.

Parking meter fee

Car sharing advantage:

Car sharing operators pay this fee at a flat rate. This means that with a car sharing car you never have to worry about paying the parking meter.

Attention: Exceptions are the stationary car sharing providers, which are tied to a fixed location. With these offers, the user must take care of the parking meter fee and also must pay attention to the short-term parking zones.

Tip: In order to avoid confusion or a bad awakening when receiving the parking penalty, these vehicles should better be regarded as a classic rental car, because they are also treated by the responsible control authorities.

Parkpickerl for residents

For people who live in the short-term parking zone there is the so-called parking sticker for residents. The “Parkpickerl” costs between 7.50 € – 10 € per month, which is about 25 cents a day. The short-term parking zone is canceled for the vehicle in the residential district. The vehicle can be parked in the residential area almost free of charge for an unlimited period. In all other districts, these cars have to pay the normal taxes of € 2.10 per hour and pay attention to the short-term parking regulations.

Residential zones:

For the comfort of the residents, the city of Vienna has set up certain zones, to which only residents of the respective district may park. This means that only cars with a parking ticket are allowed for this particular district.

Attention: All other vehicles will be towed. This incurs costs of 300€ and more.

There is often the misconception that car sharing cars can be parked free of charge in Vienna. Car sharing cars contribute a lot to the city’s income from parking. Each car sharing car pays 212€ per month in parking fees. That is 21-28 times a private car in the neighboring district.

Charging stations

You can now also end your trip at charging stations. This can save you from an annoying search for a parking space and make our service easier. You simply park the e-car at a public Wien Energie charging station and plug the charging cable into the car and then into the charging station. Then hold the charging card to the charging station. The card is in every ELOOP car. When the charging process has started, you can end your rental. Our service staff will then take care of unplugging the cars. Please make sure that your e-car does not have more than 50% battery when you plug it in.

As you can see, car sharing users have great advantages when parking in Vienna. It not only relieves you of parking fees, but also a lot of stress to find a compliant parking space in the first place. Register now and enjoy your ride to the end!

Further information for parking & charging ELOOP cars:
https://eloop.at/en/faqs/

Source: https://www.wien.gv.at/verkehr/parken/kurzparkzonen/

ELOOP starts E-Car sharing in Vienna

It is not only important to offer the choice to move, cheaply and sustainable from A to B, but also to revolutionize individual mobility in Vienna and and raise awareness in the community. 
You can choose from Smart EQ, Smart ED3, BMW i3 and a Renault Zoe, depending on what you want and how much space you need.
We also think of an optimized model in terms of price. You do not need to decide in advance how long you are gonna use an e-car. The price switches automatically to the cheaper price bracket. The same applies to the daily price.

ELOOP is not about bringing another app-based car rental to the market. We have made it our business to share common values. Simply sharing. In addition to the already known environmental awareness, this also means creating a new awareness of property. Although it is not necessary to have your own car in the city, you should not necessarily forego the advantages that it brings. And this is where ELOOP starts its car sharing.

With the help of a blockchain model, the opportunity should be given to actively participate, invest and benefit instead of just renting a car. Together we can break up systems, improve, and add value. Without any losses. If a few question marks have now appeared, we recommend that you read the last blog post and learn more about our idea.

Our climate protection goals and partnership with Klimaaktiv

Klimaaktiv is the climate protection initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT). https://www.klimaaktiv.at/

No CO2

Caroo only uses e-cars that are charged with green electricity. As a result, no CO2 is generated during the conversion of energy into electricity and while driving. A vehicle with an internal combustion engine will never be included in the fleet. These factors have convinced Klimaaktiv to accept Caroo as a partner.

Saving nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and energy

As part of the Klimaaktiv mobil initiative, Caroo, in cooperation with Herry Consult, has calculated the following savings potential. It is an observation period of three years with 50 electric cars. As the fleet grows, the savings will be significantly higher.

Caroo savings:
844 tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide)
2,313 kg NOx (nitrogen oxides)
56 kilograms of particles
3,213 MWh of energy

Caroo makes an active contribution to climate protection in Austria and to the health of Viennese citizens by conserving resources through car sharing and by reducing emissions with the help of e-cars. Diesel driving bans and car sharing-laws, as already approved in Germany, would further strengthen Caroo’s business model. It is anticipated that similar laws will follow in Austria and across Europe.

German Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt: “Carsharing is very trendy, is very popular and has great growth potential. We want to make car sharing even more dynamic. This means that we create additional advantages for carsharing cars and thus particularly promote this form of mobility. “

Sources:
https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Artikel/LA/carsharing-gesetz.html

Free floating is growing

Explanation of the model

The concept of car sharing can be used in different ways. In addition to stationary car sharing, it is above all the so-called “free floating”, which is growing relatively strongly. “Free-floating” means that the vehicles can be parked in any public car park within a certain business area. This ensures the flexibility of the users, as they can move freely with the car sharing cars and park them within a defined area as they wish. However, car sharing should not be seen as a competition to local public transport, but rather as an extension to it, with a slightly different use case. In 2015, there were 2.5 million daily public trips and 7,000 car sharing trips (MA-18, 2015).

Growth

In Germany in particular, strong growth can be observed in the area of ​​free floating car sharing. In 2016, this sector grew by 51.8%. In comparison, stationary car sharing only grew by 5.8% (BCS, 2016). A constant increase is also visible in Vienna. As early as 2015, 100,000 people regularly used car sharing offers (MA-18, 2015). The established car sharing providers are steadily increasing their fleets and the sales figures imply increasing capacity utilization. “Free-floating” car sharing is no longer a niche service and is convincing more and more people.

Environmental Protection

The use of carsharing cars with combustion engines saved 7,000 tons of CO2 in Vienna in 2015 (MA-18, 2015). If pure electric cars had been used back then, that number would be many times higher. Already with 50 electric car sharing cars, over 30 tons of CO2 can be saved compared to conventional car sharing providers and 130 tons of C02 compared to private cars. In addition, there is the fine dust production – this applies above all to car sharing providers who use combustion engines-vehicles. The catalytic converter does not work in the first 60-90 seconds after starting the engine and the fine dust is emitted unfiltered. The car sharing cars have a particularly large number of cold starts per day and are increasingly polluting the environment. By using electric cars, these emissions are completely eliminated. The environmental pollution “noise” can also be significantly reduced.

Price advantage

In a city you can save up to € 170 if you use a car sharing car instead of using your own car (standard, 02/21/17). Casual drivers in particular benefit from car sharing. However, the service does not offer any advantages for commuters, but would even mean additional costs.

Sources:
https://www.wien.gv.at/verkehr/kfz/carsharing/evaluierung.html
https://carsharing.de/bcs-studie
http://derstandard.at/2000052904571/Carsharing-rechnet-sich-nur-fuer-Stadtflitzer

Sharing Economy 2.0

Status Quo

“Sharing Ecomony” is a development that can sustainably change the economic system in which we live. Ownership is shared and everyone should profit from it all. At least this is the basic idea behind it. For apartments, music and cars, this concept is already well received. The economic sector is growing rapidly and the associated companies such as Uber and Airbnb are long-standing multibillion corporations.

Potential and risk

Experts say the “Sharing Economy” shows how to fundamentally rehabilitate and democratize. The resources are used optimally. However, it does not matter how this multi-faceted concept is interpreted and implemented. Is it really “sharing” when driving through the city in a Car2Go from Daimler or just an app-based car rental company? In principle, there must be two parts that relate to user behavior or the actual value chain of economic performance. “Sharing Economy” becomes a label without uniform ideology and approach. Just because a product or service is used by more than one person.

Development

Because of this lack of clarity, Caroo has developed a concept with which the democratization process of the economy can be achieved, both value-added and usage-oriented. This idea is summarized with the term “sharing economy 2.0”. In the case of Caroo, this concept should be implemented in two steps.

Step 1: First, a fleet of e-cars is offered in the concept of “free floating” shares in Vienna. As is the case with other car-sharing providers, the cars will be dismountable and rentable everywhere. The entire rental and payment process runs through the Caroo app. This step serves as a “proof of concept” and forms the foundation for the establishment of the concept of “sharing economy 2.0”.

Step 2: A blockchain-based investment and billing model will be implemented on the Caroo website that will allow people to invest directly in Caroo’s assets, in this case the eCarsharing car fleet, and also benefit from car sales. Each e-car is represented by a certain number of tokens based on the ethereum blockchain. The entirety of the tokens represents the operational value of the assets. These tokens are then freely tradable and have a physical car value deposited as an eCarsharing car, which also allows real-time revenue sharing. This ensures a fully automated and open participatory system that integrates each token holder in the value chain.

Change

By implementing this system, actual sharing can take place. The users benefit not only from the service, but also individually financially. The aim is for the population of a city or region, through their investments, to determine fleet size and model selection, thus coupling the service directly to the supply and demand principle of the free market. Token trading does not require any financial service providers or other third parties. This can be traded freely and the course is of course variable.

Ideally, Caroo does not own a single vehicle anymore. Caroo then becomes a blockchain-based, open-sharing e-car sharing platform. The crowd is the clock and beneficiary at the same time. The user is fully involved in the process and the achievements are shared. Caroo understands this as “sharing economy 2.0”.


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