Valencia, Sevilla and Malaga, lack of public network to recharge electric cars

Valencia, Seville and Malaga are the only three large cities that lack public municipal streets to be able to recharge electric cars. Between the 10 cities more

Valencia, Sevilla and Malaga, lack of public network to recharge electric cars

Valencia, Seville and Malaga are the only three large cities that lack public municipal streets to be able to recharge electric cars. Between the 10 cities more populated, these capitals are the only ones that are holding back the boom of the vehicles sustainable and do not have plugs for easy urban commuting and long trips, when the battery claimed watts. In contrast with the clear commitment of the Government for the decarbonization, the city Councils provided with the eyedropper that your neighbors say goodbye to burning cars.

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Seville and Malaga had a yesteryear of free points to plug in thanks to government subsidies, and the Government of Japan, but it's been years that were left to die without any maintenance. Valencia had not installed these points up to now and finally in 2020 expected to inaugurate a dozen. Barcelona leads the bet by incentivar the electrical 137 charging points, more than double the 51 outlets deployed by Madrid despite having half of the population, and at a great distance from others, such as Zaragoza (16), Bilbao (31), Murcia (6), The Palms (36) or Palma de Mallorca (26).

Both the mayor of seville, Juan Swords (PSOE), as the malaga, Francisco de la Torre (PP), and the valencian, Joan Ribó (Compromís), came weeks ago at the Climate Summit held in Madrid to claim the actions of cities and curb climate change. In parallel, Swords presides over the network of Cities for Climate, which brings together 400 cities willing to reduce CO2 emissions.

In 2012, Seville installed 75 recharging points in your street with the financial help of the central Government, but four years later, they were off. And now the users complain of the neglect to the municipality to encourage the end of burning cars. “The City of John Swords has not been proactive to find solutions because I didn't want to supply energy, or charge, or regalándola” censorship, Miguel Lorenzo, deputy in the andalusian capital of the Association of Users of Electric Vehicles (AUVE). “Being a pioneer, Sevilla then has been reduced to nothing,” adds Arturo Perez, director general of the employers ' association of the electric cars Aedive. After that in 2017 licitara a public competition to reactivate the network of charging points which was desert, the City argues now that “still looking for the best formula to implement the network”, without a specific date on the horizon.

In 2012, the city Council of Malaga installed 243 charging points thanks to the project Zem2All, whose 60 million financed by the Government of Japan (75%) and Spanish (25%). However, three years after to shelve the project, the network has fallen into disuse, although the Consistory expected to bid on the new charging points throughout 2020. Today the neighbors who live in flats can only recharge their vehicles in 12 points located in the underground car parks, municipal. “There is a lot of bureaucracy and tourists with Tesla they have to go to the hotels with charger we can't put stones in the wheels!”, protest Ignacio Insúa, of the association of users Auve. The City argues that the landscape will change in the coming year. “The recharging infrastructure in the streets will be a reality in 2020, and 100% of the fleet city will be integrated by hybrid and electric vehicles in the next four years,” according to sources of the Consistory.

Meanwhile, the exalcaldesa of Valencia Rita Barbera opened in 2010, the single point load in the plaza del Ayuntamiento, located in a telephone booth. But it was smoke, it was never operational. The city Government changed in 2015 and despite the plans of the new team (Compromís and PSPV-PSOE), the charging points in the streets, even it will take to reach, at least until next march. “It is not easy to take forward these points, it is what has given us time in four years. To be useful and stop in a trip is not eternal, the 12 new points will be load fast”, claim sources from the department of sustainable mobility. The city has 41 points of recharging, but they are located in parking lots municipal.

At the opposite extreme, the 1 of January the Catalan capital will accompany its network of 504 points —surface and parking lots— with the launch of a huge area of low emissions of 95 square kilometers. “The infrastructure is expensive, but it is a long-term strategy, initiated in 2008, and we can not focus only on the public part, the private also has to act”, highlighted the councillor of Mobility, Rosa Alarcon. The special urban Plan of Barcelona —in phase of allegations— will force the gas stations to have a point of fast charging in 2022.

The Ministry of Ecological Transition gave last February 45 million in grants, the program Moves to the autonomous communities encourage the purchase of electric cars and the charging points will be multiplied, but in certain regions the money was no more to be invested by the criteria as restrictive taxes, criticize sources of the association of users Auve.

On the slow development of the charging points on the street, Perez says: “I don't think that addresses the reluctance of the Consistories, has to do with the lack of knowledge of how to operate the points.” And beyond the big cities, Javier Julve, platform Electromaps, which brings together 69.084 users and 95.171 charging points —most of them in underground car parks, shopping centres and hotels—, criticizes the poor development in medium-sized cities and towns of Galicia, Andalusia, Castilla-León, Aragón and Castilla-La Mancha. “The electric distribution companies put sticks in the wheels to open new points”, censorship.

Updated Date: 18 January 2020, 20:00

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