Last August, the Regional Government of Catalonia’s Department of Territorial Affairs & Sustainability granted its taxi sector a total of 150,000 euros in financial aid for the purchase of electric vehicles and others with very low nitrogen oxide and particle emissions. Its aim in doing so is to reduce the pollution caused by urban transport.
On the one hand, the department has set aside 80,000 euros for the purchase of electric vehicles – more specifically, 4,000 euros per vehicle for the first electric vehicles to be added to Catalonia’s 2014 fleet of taxis operating in 40 metropolitan municipalities that persistently exceed the nitrogen oxide emission threshold. On the other hand, 70,000 euros have been set aside to fund the purchase of low-consumption hybrid vehicles fuelled by natural gas and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for use as taxis. In this case, 1,000 euros per vehicle has been granted for the first 70 cars of this kind to be added to the fleet.
With these initiatives, the regional government aspires to ensure that 15% of the taxis operating in municipalities with a high level of atmospheric and noise pollution are electric vehicles. This demonstrates the Regional Government of Catalonia’s ongoing interest in sustainable mobility and environmental care.