Barcelona, November 21st 2016 – SETRAM, Multimodal logistics operator specialized in automotive logistics, has included four electric vehicles in the operations of its vehicle terminal in the Port of Barcelona. It is a pioneer innovation – bringing significant CO2 level reduction – in the port logistics solutions for the automotive industry. Economic savings and pollution reduction were the drivers for searching alternative vehicle-propulsion energy sources in the activities of this operator, specialized in automotive logistics. The first studies were carried out back in 2010; however, technology and car adaptation were still in an initial development phase at that point.
In the summer of 2015, SETRAM carried out a new feasibility study, which conclusions were favourable to the use of electric vehicles in its port terminal. This initiative joined the on-going SETRAM’s initiative to implement the requirements of ISO 14001. In this way, the project of integrating electric vehicles became a reality.
The project also involved the installation of fast charging poles to meet vehicle productivity requirements. Four Peugeot iPartner commercial vehicles, rented from Alphabet, will provide support to SETRAM’s operations as well as complementary added-value services. The next stage of this initiative will consist in increasing the number of SETRAM’s electric vehicles in the terminal of Port of Barcelona, benefiting of the subsidies foreseen for the next fiscal period.
MOVEA 2 in 2017 and the evolution of electric cars
The MOVEA 2 Plan will enter force on January 1st 2017, which will aid alternative-fueled vehicles with a total amount of 17 million EUR. It will include little changes as compared with the current period; however, one of them will be a limit of 4,000 EUR per company, versus the limit for individuals, which will remain at 5,500 EUR.
In terms of the future of the electric cars in Spain, the market is still modest and calls for more economic vehicles, a nationwide network of charging facilities and fast-charging domestic plugs. However, the irruption of self-driven cars by 2020 could boost the sales of electric cars in the mid-term.
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