April 2019

FuturENERGY Digital – N 59


Cover Story

SMART SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

Iberdrola sets out to make sustainable mobility the axis of its commitment to the energy transition and the fight against climate change. The technological transformation is enabling greater interaction with a more connected client and an enhanced customisation of the solutions that, in the field of transport, bring together two aspirations: providing renewably sourced energy and innovative charging solutions that will help make e-mobility a reality. The company has developed a sustainable mobility plan that envisages the installation of 25,000 charging points in homes, businesses and public spaces by 2021. The plan includes the deployment of fast, super fast and ultra fast charging stations this year on Spain’s main motorways and corridors. This is why Iberdrola is making progress in its implementation of collaboration agreements with agents including service stations, business districts, restaurant chains and town halls.

Spain’s current transport model is unsustainable due to its high impact on GHG emissions (25%) and air quality. Within this context, the electric vehicle (EV) is essential in order to meet the EU’s targets and even, according to some analysts, enable more ambitious goals.

The mass uptake of the EV could be a great opportunity for the socio-economic development of the country, not only because it would help reduce imports and petroleum dependency, but also because it would galvanise a sector that is critical to the Spanish economy, with a significant impact on both direct and indirect employment, as well as innovation in Spain.