The Catalan Minister for Territorial Affairs and Sustainability, Santi Vila, has signed the first decision in the call for subsidies to promote the acquisition of low-emission vehicles for the taxi sector which will operate in 40 municipalities of Barcelona’s metropolitan area. The objective of this measure is to boost the reduction in energy consumption and atmospheric pollutants by replacing existing vehicles with models that consume less fuel and generate fewer carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particle emissions.
This new call aims to allocate 150,000 euros as an incentive for renovation. In particular, 100,000 euros will be allocated to purchasing all-electric vehicles and 50,000 more to electric vehicles with extended ranges and plug-in hybrids, non-plug-in hybrids fuelled by petrol with emissions lower than or equal to 120 g CO2/km and 60 mg NOx/km (euro 5 or higher), or those which use LPG and natural gas as energy sources or bi-fuel vehicles with petrol engines. The aid of up to 4,000 euros for all-electric vehicles and up to 1,000 for others is aimed at offsetting part of the extra cost incurred by owners of taxi licenses in purchasing low-emission vehicles.
The above aid is included in the measures established by the Plan for Improving Air Quality in areas requiring special atmospheric protection approved by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia last September. Priority has been given to taxis because each vehicle travels 50,000 kilometres per year. The aim of the plan is to reduce local atmospheric pollution in the municipalities of the Barcelonès, Baix Llobregat, Vallès Occidental and Vallès Oriental which have been declared areas requiring special atmospheric protection due to exceeding the air quality limit values established for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particles less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10).
The call for aid was published in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia) on 04 February 2015 and applications for aid should be submitted to the virtual office of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia.