The EVE opens in Vitoria-Gasteiz the first Electric Mobility Centre of Spain
The Electric Mobility Centre, located next to the bus station and open in the morning and afternoon, will showcase electric vehicle models and provide information on the public subsidies to purchase them. The Basque capital has thus become a main focal point in the dissemination and implementation of the electric vehicle in the Basque Country. The Basque Government, which subsidises the purchase of this type of vehicle to the tune of 5000 euros, was represented by its Deputy Minister for Industry and Energy, Xabier Garmendia, which stressed that "the target for 2020 is for 10% of the vehicles on our roads to be electric".
Vitoria-Gasteiz now has an innovative electric mobility centre where the general public can discover for themselves the latest electric models from the main manufactures and obtain information on the existing subsidies to buy electric vehicles. They can also book and collect the Ibilek rental electric vehicles, a company set up by the Basque Government and Repsol that rents out electric vehicles using the so-called car-sharing system.
The new mobility centre opened this morning by Xabier Garmendia was set up as a means to bringing the electric vehicle to the citizens, a public space that will be the showcase for the many electric vehicle models on the market.
This is the flagship project within the different measures developed by Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council as the European Green Capital 2012 and by the Basque Government, through its energy board, the Ente Vasco de la Energía, to implement the electric vehicle in this city.
On the other hand, the mobility centre will also be a new operations base for the Ibilek car-sharing company and the general public and companies will be able to register and rent an electric vehicle there. The mobility point also has three charging stations which will be the Ibilek operating base.
Electric mobility is now a reality in the Basque Country which is firmly committed to leading the introduction of this highly efficient transport technology. The targets set by the Basque Energy Strategy for 2020 in this area are highly ambitious, as the goal is to have 43,000 vehicles on the roads by that year.