The electric vehicle overcomes barriers in urban public transport and last mile logistics

Following the presentation of the 2015 State Budgets that allocate financial aid amounting to 7 M€ for electric vehicles, 3 M€ less than on previous years, the Plenary Assembly of the Congress has adopted a non-legislative proposal submitted by the Popular Party to ask the Government for a National Strategy to promote the electric vehicle. This proposal includes measures such as boosting sales, stimulating the development of charging infrastructure, developing the role of the charge manager, authorising charging as an energy service rather than resale in specific cases as well as increasing electric vehicle fleets in the public sector.

Behind this proposal are economic and environmental benefits that increase energy efficiency and decrease the energy dependence of the country bringing added value and all that this entails for the generation of new investments and jobs. The proposal also takes into account that Spain is the European and even world leader as regards the industry linked to this sector with factories producing electric cars in regions such as Catalonia, Galicia, Castilla y León, the Basque Country and Murcia; the production of two-wheeled EVs in Barcelona; and with an outstanding industry in the manufacture of all types of charging points that exports to markets as complex as Russia, the UK and Turkey, among others.

The question that always comes up when discussing electric vehicles is why they are not sold on a massive scale if they offer such an economic, efficient and advantageous solution compared to the internal combustion engine.

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2014