The government has announced the third edition of the Plan Moves of aid for the deployment of the electric vehicle and the charging infrastructure in Spain. As confirmed Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, this new call will be endowed with 400 million euros, expandable up to 800 million, and will continue until the end of 2023. In what Ribera has defined as “the most ambitious line of support for electric mobility that our country has proposed”, the Moves III will subsidize with up to 7.000 euros the acquisition of an electric vehicle and with up to 1.300 euros the purchase of an electric motorcycle, provided that a vehicle of more than seven years for their scrapping. The new edition of Moves includes higher amounts for autonomous that they buy an electric vehicle that they are going to use for work, such as taxi drivers or VTC drivers.
This program, endowed with Next Generation funds, is part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan presented in October of last year. According to the ministry’s estimates, the program “can contribute more than 2.9 billion euros to START and generate more than 40,000 jobs throughout the entire value chain “.
These grants are intended to encourage transition to electric mobility and boost the charging infrastructure in the country with the objective, as he has said Ribera, of what, for 2023, the country has 100,000 points of cargo, counting public and private, and with 250,000 electric vehicles circulating on its roads. In that sense, the Moves III improves aid for the installation of charging points for individuals, communities of owners and SMEs and will support, with an additional 10%, actions in municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants both for the installation of public points and for the purchase of electric cars for the people registered in them. As a requirement, it establishes the obligation for the public charging points supported by Moves III to be “continuously available to the user without the need for prior registration.”
Subsidies for the purchase of electric cars will be available to individuals and the self-employed from the day April 10th. As the Moves II, which offers grants of up to 5.500 euros per car, it will be valid until June 18, the ministry points out that “there will be no period without aid” and that “users will be able to choose which line to take advantage of” during the time of coexistence. Like the rest of the editions of this plan, it will be the autonomous communities themselves that approve their own call after the Moves III be published in the BOE.
Ribera has recognized the role of the Spanish industry within the automotive sector and its performance in the transition to electromobility with the production of “a dozen electric passenger cars.” As the minister has said, Spain “It is a leading country in the manufacture of electric motorcycles and charging infrastructures.” “Programs like Moves they allow to accelerate the transformation towards a sustainable speed model thanks to the electrification of transport “, he concluded.
The sector welcomes the Moves III with optimism
The Moves III involves listening to one of the most repeated requests in the sector: the creation of plan sustained over time that motivates the scrapping of the oldest automobile fleet. From the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac), Jose Vicente de Los Mozos, its president, admits that “it is an essential plan because regulatory commitments require concrete support like these.” “The increased endowment for the Moves III and its continuity is good news because it will boost the demand for the electrified vehicle “, he added.
Anfac It also values positively that the communities that deplete the funds opt for an extension of the endowment “to avoid stoppages in the market” and that the new plan includes a “good mechanism in terms of spending, since it aims to guarantee that the communities spend the funds and if they don’t, return them. ” According Anfac, thanks to Moves III estimate that electrified vehicles will grow by 75% this year until exceeding the 70,000 units.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.