What Moves Us

METROPOLE - Vienna in English - - PUBLISHER'S LETTER - Mar­garet Childs Pub­lisher Don’t be a stranger,

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 (p17). 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 (p48). Not ev­ery­one’s a be­liever, how­ever, as An­ge­lika Reitzer ex­plains in her opin­ion piece, ask­ing whether gig econ­omy is so­cially vi­able (p16). 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 (p38). 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 (p26). For a primer on the his­tory of trams in Vi­enna, check out our re­view of the Vi­enna Traf­fic Mu­seum (p80). You’ll find all the stats to be an ex­pert on Vi­en­nese and Aus­trian mo­bil­ity on our stats pages (p24). The gar­gan­tuan pro­ject that is the Haupt­bahn­hof (Main Train Sta­tion) and the sur­round­ing Son­nwend­vier­tel are the stars of our City Life story (p70). We also spoke to four Vi­en­nese mo­bil­ity ex­perts who help us keep mov­ing (p34). With our airspace be­com­ing in­creas­ingly crowded, our Vi­enna Le­gal col­umn looks at how drones are reg­u­lated in Aus­tria (p22). 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 (p40). 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 (p113). 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.

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