There is a huge interest throughout the whole of Spain in moving toward sustainable mobility among part of the population and civil society. This was demonstrated yet again when the subsidies on offer as part of the plan to foster vehicles that run on alternative energies, Plan Movalt Vehículos, ran out within less than 24 hours. The 4,495 applications that were made throughout the whole of Spain for a subsidy to buy a sustainable vehicle surpassed the initial aid set aside for Plan Movalt by almost one million euros, with a demand equivalent to a total subsidy of 20,911,100 euros.
Plan Movalt has made a particularly big impact in Catalonia, where 17.22% of all the country’s applications were made: 774 in total. The region that topped the ranks was Madrid, with 1,5757 applications, accounting for 35.04% of the total. Catalonia and Madrid are the regions in mainland Spain with the most electric vehicle charge points and most filling stations for NG and LPG vehicles. In conjunction with the statistics for Plan Movalt, this highlights the desire for the vehicles currently on Spain’s roads to be replaced with sustainable ones, with all the benefits that this represents when compared with conventionally fuelled vehicles.
As for the type of vehicles for which applications were made, most (2,549) were for the purchase of an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid or one with a hydrogen battery. 67% of these applications for an electric vehicle were for a car, while a large part of the remaining third were for vans (13%) and motorcycles (16%). In the end, subsidies amounting to a total of 10,274,700 euros were granted.
Vehicles powered by natural gas accounted for 1,113 of the applications, mainly for the purchase of commercial ones like lorries, as well as commercial cars, which accounted for a total of 84% of the subsidies for NG vehicles. As for all the other heavy goods and semi-heavy goods vehicles for transporting goods and passengers, there were 79 applications for aid for the purchase of vans, 50 for small trucks and 43 for buses. Although big headway is being made in the technology of batteries and electric engines, for vehicles that require a long range, today the most feasible alternative to conventional fuel is natural gas.
Most of the subsidies granted as part of Plan Movalt (88.12%) were for either private or public companies, while local authorities and other public administrations, which have traditionally shown a big interest in sustainable mobility, only accounted for 4.7% of the applications, partly due to the sluggishness of administrative formalities.
Because, in 24 hours, a total of 4,495 applications were received for subsidies, overshooting the 20 million euros set aside for Plan Movalt, there seems to be a very favourable social climate for the mass introduction of sustainable vehicles, whether electric or gas. It is also worth noting that Plan Movalt complements Plan Movea very well. Here at LIVE, we celebrate its introduction and hope that new funds will continue to be set aside for it over the coming months, since the demand has been more than proven.
In addition, during the early months of 2018, details of a new series of subsidies will be published as part of Plan Movalt Infraestructura for those public authorities, private companies, shopping centres, hospitals etc. wishing to fit charge points for electric vehicles.
Here at LIVE, in Barcelona, we would also like to inform you of the perks and aid that you can benefit from simply by having a gas-powered or electric car![:]