Thanks to innovative technology companies, the Pongau region is developing into the “Silicon Valley” of Salzburg. has·to·be, a young business based in Radstadt which equips e-charging stations worldwide, contributes to the region’s advancement.
The success story of Alexander Kirchgasser and Martin Klässner may not have started in their parents’ garage, but it nevertheless has what it takes to become a founding story worthy of Hollywood. More than five years ago, the duo developed a software for the operation of e-charging stations. This meant a real quantum leap for the industry, as these smart charging stations are what make many services around electric vehicles possible.
E-Mobility as economic engine for the region
Today, the be.ENERGISED operating system manages more than 14,000 charging stations around the globe. This international success also boosts value creation in the region. has-to-be currently employs more than 60 people at its headquarters in Radstadt, and the number is rising rapidly. “We offer our staff a unique working atmosphere and an international flair that can usually only be found in large start-up hubs,” emphasises co-founder and COO Alexander Kirchgasser. He is, however, acutely aware of one of the greatest challenges the location poses: “Not only our company, but the entire region is in dire need of well-trained specialists.”
In addition to the be.ENERGISED software, has·to·be now offers numerous other products and services to enable and further expand electromobility. The customers are spread out all across Europe: “We are a provider of complete solutions, for example for when a large company or municipality decides to convert its fleet to electric vehicles, or when a municipal utility enters the market,” says CEO Martin Klässner. has-to-be generally remains invisible for consumers. “We usually don’t seek the limelight ourselves, but ensure that everything runs smoothly on behalf of our clients,” Klässner explains.
Regional know-how for regional projects
has·to·be is, however, not merely an international player, but also very active in the province of Salzburg itself. For example, it was only last year that the hospital group Salzburger Landeskliniken (SALK) was equipped with a comprehensive e-mobility solution. E-cars are now available to employees for journeys between the hospital sites. The associated charging stations detect automatically whether the driver at the station is an employee, a patient, or a visitor. The staff don’t require additional cards to unlock and recharge the vehicles. They merely need their employee ID card.
“Challenges often become apparent in retrospect”
Klässner firmly believes that the SALK case study illustrates what is required for the successful implementation of mobility projects: “Whenever there is a public debate about electromobility, most people think of electric cars only. The electric vehicle itself is, more often than not, the smallest challenge, especially in the corporate sector. Who looks after the charging stations? Who is allowed to use which charging stations? How much should a charging cycle cost for visitors, patients, or employees? How does the billing process work in terms of accounting? How do you meet eligibility criteria? These challenges are often only recognised as such retroactively. Our goal is to address all our customers’ questions right from the offset,” Klässner stresses. The company’s success certainly proves him right.
About has·to·be gmbh
The company, with headquarters in Radstadt (Salzburg), Munich and Vienna, is the market leader in the area of white label operation of smart solutions in the overall electromobility environment. The products and services of has·to·be offer everything that companies need for success in electric mobility: from the carefree operation of e-charging stations to the management of worldwide mobility offers. The product be.ENERGISED – the intelligent software developed by has·to·be for the management of electrical charging infrastructures – is used successfully by more than 14,000 charging stations worldwide.
Klaus Stenico, has·to·be gmbh
Phone: +43 6452 21200-45