The first edition of the Nissan Sustainable Mobility Forum took place on 21 September 2015 in Madrid, an event that forms part of the European Mobility Week and that aims to define the keys to deploy the electric vehicle and promote sustainable mobility models in Spain.
FuturENERGY was there for the inauguration of an event that was also attended by Begoña Cristeto Blasco from the General Secretariat of Industry and SMEs of the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism who announced new details on Spain’s strategy for alternative energy vehicles: “to stimulate demand for vehicles powered by alternative energies in Spain that include 100% electric models, by the end of 2015, we will have launched the Movea programme, the programme for Financial Aid for Alternative Energy Vehicles. This programme will integrate current purchasing subsidies in addition to adding funding for the installation of charging points. The Movea programme forms part of the general budgets for 2016 and, if approved, will enjoy a total investment of 17 million euros. This significant increase in investment, substantially more than the €7m of the previous programme, demonstrates the high level of commitment that the Government has to promote more sustainable mobility models”.
The Minister for the Environment, Local Administration and Land Planning of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Jaime González Taboada, emphasised the commitment and work promoted by the Madrid government to boost e-technology and other alternative energies on Spain’s roads: “European Mobility Week invites us to reflect on today’s mobility model, as well as on the role that it has to play in public transport and alternative energies. The Autonomous Community of Madrid approves the Azul+ programme that aims to reduce the environmental impact of transport and that will, among other measures, includes financial aid for purchasing”.
To conclude, González stressed the need to be able to rely on the commitment of every resident of Madrid, both private and public transport users, commenting that: “by 2020 we would like the entire Madrid taxi fleet to include ecological vehicles and we are also going to work towards installing more fast charging points in the capital. The best strategy for economic growth is to look after our environment”.