Spain has improved its electric mobility data but remains behind other European countries. According to the electromobility barometer from the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac), Spain has increased its score by one point during the second quarter of 2023, reaching 12 out of 100 points. However, the gap with respect to the growth of the European average has widened, as European countries have improved by 1.5 points, ending the quarter with a score of 25 points.
It is necessary to accelerate the aid plans, such as taxation, and the development of public access charging infrastructure in order to approach the European average. An example of this is Portugal, which has experienced growth in electric mobility thanks to tax incentives for vehicle purchases and the rapid and efficient implementation of charging infrastructure.
As for Spain, although it has improved by 1.5 points, it is still progressing slowly in terms of electric vehicle penetration. Its average score is 18.9 points, well below the European average of 38.7 points. In the first six months of the year, 55,544 electric vehicles were registered in Spain, a figure that improves upon last year’s data but falls short of the goal of 190,000 sales for the entire year.
Regarding charging infrastructure, Spain received a score of 5.1 out of 100, ranking third to last in Europe. Although numerous charging points have been installed during the second quarter, the total for the year is far from the target of 45,000 charging points. Furthermore, the majority of installed charging points have low capacity, highlighting the need for progress in the development of high-power charging stations.
According to Anfac’s CEO, José López-Tafall, Spain is making progress towards electrification, but not at the necessary pace. It is important to act on improving the efficiency of the Moves Plan, with direct assistance at the time of purchase and streamlining procedures for the installation of charging points, in addition to considering taxation.
Sources: Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac).