On Friday 27 the Government of Spain approved the Plan MOVEA, that brings together the previous Movele and PIMA Aire plans with the aim of promoting the acquisition of vehicles that use alternative energy sources. This programme has a budget of 16.6 million euros for 2016. The Government’s spokesperson, Soraya Saénz de Santamaría, announced at a press conference following the meeting of the Council of Ministers, that the Government has already put into motion the Royal Decree for directly awarding subsidies for buying vehicles that use alternative energy sources as well as for installing recharging points for electric vehicles.
The aim of this plan is to reduce the environmental impact of transport as well as reducing Spain’s energy dependency by diversifying transport sources and encouraging the renovation of the fleet. The value of the subsidies will vary depending on the type of vehicle, the technology used to power the vehicle, the maximum authorised weight and its range.
The subsidies will be used for direct purchase, as well as systems for renting or leasing a new vehicle, or one that is up to six months old in the case of electrical vehicles that uses electricity, gas (CNG, LNG or LPG) or hydrogen fuel cells. Motorbikes and pedal-assist bicycles will also be eligible. The stations, cabling and devices required to establish a fast or semi-fast recharging system in public areas will also be subsidised.
The beneficiaries can be individuals, self-employed people, private companies, local bodies and autonomous communities. The period for requesting the subsidies will run from 1 January to 15 October 2016, although they will also support transactions carried out in 2015 from the day after its appearance in the Official State Gazette (BOE).