Barcelona City Council and Mercabarna, in collaboration with Nissan, organizes on the April 29, the day on Sustainable Mobility, “You want to reduce operating costs of your company vehicles?”. The day is celebrated in the Hall of Records Building Management Centre, chaired by the Deputy Mayor for Economy, Business and Employment and the Chairman of Mercabarna, Sonia Recasens.
The aim is to inform the employers and freelancers who usually work in Mercabarna of the major advantages in cost reduction, environmental quality and the incorporation of electric vehicles to its fleet, presenting performances of charging infrastructures to be developed in Mercabarna and Barcelona, as well as the ability to try and incorporate into their services models the pre-series van e-NV200, which will be presented by Marco Toro, CEO of Nissan Iberia, and will be marketed next June this year.
In 2013 the Japanese automaker Nissan decided to produce all the global demand for its second model 100% electric of the e-NV200 at the plant that the Japanese firm has in the Zona Franca de Barcelona, which represents an investment of over 100M€ and 700 new jobs.
The program for the day includes a panel which also involves experts from institutions working on the implementation of electric mobility and logistics managers from companies like Condis Supermarkets, that explain their experience in the use of pre-series units of this vehicle. Condis, the first Catalan company operating Mercabarna with this electric model is planning in the immediate future, the purchase of the model of the electric van e-NV200 as an alternative for the transportation of their goods. Upon completion of the technical conference the attendees can drive and test the e-NV200 model.
Within the framework of the Frankfurt Motor Show held last September, the City Council, the metropolitan area of Barcelona and Nissan signed an agreement with specific actions to promote the implementation of the e-NV200 Taxi as a commercial and fully electric vehicle in Barcelona and in its metropolitan area, in order to pass as an industry leader city in the deployment of electric vehicles in the field of public transportation and freight, and to improve mobility and environmental quality of the city and the metropolitan area.
The Catalan capital ranks seventh among the ten most important cities in the world where it is more favorable to develop initiatives for electric mobility and where this technology is being introduced in a more solid way, according to the latest update of the International Energy Agency (EV City Casebook). To promote sustainable mobility, one of the most ambitious projects announced recently by the City Council and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona is to install 20 fast charge points across the metropolitan area. This factor may weigh the opinion of both private users and fleet managers in favor of electric mobility, making Barcelona and its metropolitan area in one of the cities in Europe with more supply of this type of infrastructure and technology.