The Spanish municipalities of Calatayud (Province of Zaragoza), Logroño (Province of La Rioja), Zaragoza and Tarazona (Province of Zaragoza) accepted to participate in the E-Mobility Works project. Calatayud took the lead by supporting purchasers of E-vehicles through actions such as the renewal of the municipal fleet, the installing of two charging points for the municipal staff as well as regulatory changes in E-vehicles taxes. As part of the municipal fleet renewal plan and with an investment of EUR 35 000, two new 100% electric vans joined the fleet of the City reaching an annual saving of 25 000 kgs of CO2 emissions. The action plan seeks a total renewal of the fleet with the lowest polluting vehicles by 2020.
Within the framework of the E-Mobility Works project, theFundacion San Valero (of the Grupo San Valero) has organised several workshops to promote the project and to boost the connections between relevant companies, key decision makers and institutions in order to create "critical mass" in this sector. The workshops included driving tests which enabled the attending public to test electric vehicles and appreciate the driving experience. Although the Spanish participating municipalities are going forward with supporting E-mobility through action plans, the current political instability does not permit the continuity of actions.
Local strategies do start being implemented but rarely continue due to the changes of teams in municipalities and representatives of corresponding departments.
The Spanish Government had expressed its wish to encourage the sale of electric cars. The National Plan for Renewable Energies 2011–2020 set as a target the incorporation of new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which are projected to account for 10% of the total fleet by 2020, which would translate into 2.5 million of these vehicles by that date. In 2014, a new line of incentives for purchasing electric vehicles “MOVELE 2014” (followed by MOVELE 2015) was introduced with a budget of EUR 10 million, it aimed at encouraging the purchase of around 3 500 electric, plug-in hybrid or extended range electric vehicles. The on-going MOVEA Plan is a continuation of these programmes and has a budget of EUR 16.6 million for 2016. The subsidies are used for direct purchase as well as for renting or leasing of new vehicles. The beneficiaries can be individuals, self- employed people, private companies, local authorities or autonomous communities.
However the up-scaling effects of these subsidy schemes are slowed down by the political instability above-mentioned, as well as by a lack of sufficient charging stations. In 2016 only 900 charging stations exist in Spain, whereas countries such as the United Kingdom have deployed up to 5962 charging stations, 6580 in France and 5218 in Norway. companies such as Ikea or El Corte Ingles asked the Ministry of Industry the authorisation to install electric charging stations at their centres in order to enable their clients to recharge their vehicles while shopping. However the current legal framework prohibits such companies from becoming charge managers (source: La Vanguardia).
Responsible "E-Mobility Works" project partner:Fundacion San Valero (Grupo San Valero)
E-mobility National factSheet of Spain
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