Phone Booths Out, Charging Stations In

Telekom Austria, a private company, has come up with a beautifully efficient way to repurpose its unneeded telephone booth infrastructure: turn them into charging stations for electric vehicles. According to the company, e-cars, e-scooters, and e-bikes will be able to use one of 30 converted phone booths in Vienna to recharge by the end of 2010.  Plans are for each station to provide charging for more than one vehicle at a time, with on-street parking available.  For the initial test phase, services will be free, but down the road users will be able to pay using SMS, RFID chips, and payboxes.

Telekom Austria will source all of its electricity from renewable sources.