Believe it or not, there was once a time when no one had tiny wireless communications devices in their pockets all the time. In those days – way back in the 1980s and earlier – when someone needed to make a call when they were out and about, they had to locate a pay telephone. These were often found in phone booths (or boxes as they were called in Europe).

Most phone booths have been decommissioned in the past decade as their use has fallen off. Telekom Austria now has an idea for re-using these roadside boxes. The phone company wants to turn its 13,500 phone booths around the country into electric vehicle charging stations.

The plan is logical since the phone booths already have wiring infrastructure which could be updated with high voltage wiring for charging. The first converted booth was recently unveiled at Telekom Austria's headquarters. We think Superman will enjoy changing in these booths even more than the telephone boxes of old.

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