Austria is creating a nationwide network of charging stations for electric cars, making it easier for drivers to charge up as part of the country’s efforts to promote the vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions.

From April, 11 electricity suppliers will combine their charging stations into one network of 1,300 public points throughout the Alpine republic, Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried said at a news conference on Monday.

Majority state-owned hydropower producer Verbund, working with Germany’s Siemens, is the country’s largest provider of charging points, with around 400.

The move means drivers can sign up with any one of the 11 suppliers and use all the stations within the combined network, rather than have separate contracts with each company.

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Source: Reuters