Spain's Seville, Madrid, Barcelona To Get Electric Car Infrastructure This Year

Simple Electric Charging Post photo

Simple electric charging post, this on in London, via Alan Trotter @ flickr.

The pretty southern Spanish town of Seville has been chosen along with the capital Madrid and the northern hub Barcelona to implement the Movele pilot electric car infrastructure project proposed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry. The cities' energy authority will this year begin putting in place the recharging stations for an eventual fleet of 500 cars expected to be purchased partially by private owners and partially by the state (subsidized in both cases up to by 30% state funds). What's incredible (in the sense of being a bit hard to believe) is that the infrastructure of 75 charging stations in Sevilla alone is expected to be completed this year. Que serĂ¡, serĂ¡ indeed!Flavor of the Day: Electric
Many of the recharging points will be set up in underground parking garages, so extensive work to find good street space for posts may not be an issue. For the first phase of the project, 1.5 million Euros will be granted to the project. Estimates are that each charging post will cost approximately 1,000 Euros and the smart charging stations 5,000 Euros each. There are plans to build at least three 24-hour stations for quick battery changing at a cost of around 60,000 Euros each.

Where will all these EVs come from?
Previous reports had car maker Renault as a major player behind the plans to get electric cars on Spain's roads within the next two to three years, with the government expressing the hope that a million electric cars could be in the country by 2011. In Paris the Autolib project hopes to put 4,000 cars on the road within a year. (Where these projects will get all these cars is not described!) By 2011 Renault expects to sell 50,00 electric-driven cars in Denmark, Portugal, and Israel, three of the destination countries for Better Place infrastructure projects.

In Denmark, electric driven cars could be powered about 20% by wind power (and a majority of the rest by coal), while in Spain the figure for wind-driven energy can be as high as 40%. Renault says that on average, its battery-driven "Fluence" model would emit 60 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, versus an average of 158 for European cars. Is that worth the massive money being thrown at the electric solution? Via: Ecoticias
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