The said subsidies, which were awarded in late 2015, have allowed for the purchase of 157 electric motorcycles and mopeds and to the installation of 23 rapid charge stations. The aim of this financial aid, approved by Catalonia Regional Government and granted through the Catalan Institute for Energy (ICAEN according to its Spanish acronym), is to reduce the difference in the sales price of electric vehicles compared with conventionally fuelled ones and to reinforce the network of charge points.
The subsidies for the purchase of motorcycles and mopeds contributed to the purchase of vehicles for urban use by companies (promoting the creation of 5 fleets of over 20 vehicles), individuals, self-employed workers and local corporations.
As for public rapid charge stations, the subsidies offered by the ICAEN will contribute to the creation of 23 stations fitted with 50kW charge points where batteries can be charged in approximately 30 minutes. The charge points, to be installed in 2016, will be situated on roads like the AP-7 or C-32 and in towns and cities like Lleida, Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, Sant Celoni, Cabrera de Mar, Reus or Amposta, among others.
This funding by ICAEN, which came to an end in late December, comes on top of Catalonia’s Industrial Strategy and with associated initiatives like the Catalan Industrial Consortium for Electric Motorcycles. All the said measures are aimed at fostering improved energy efficiency, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, and working toward sustainable mobility.[:]