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Published on July 30th, 2008 | by Joshua S Hill

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1 Million Electric Cars on Spain’s Roads by 2014

1465853892_53b9988a1a Once again boosting their reputation as a country intent on helping the environment, Spain has announced that they intend to put 1 million electric cars on their roads by 2014. This will be part of the Zapatero government’s plan to reduce their use of energy and increase the countries overall energy efficiency.

Spain’s minister of industry, business and tourism Miguel Sebastian said Tuesday that the plan should gain approval from Spain’s Council of Ministers on Friday, and should then be carried out this year and on through to 2011.

“Electric vehicles are the future and the driver of the industrial revolution,” Sebastian said in testimony to a congressional panel. “Every time we ease off the accelerator, we boost national income and employment.”

The plan will cost some 245 million euros, and is made up of a total of 31 separate measures. In enacting this plan though, Spain is set to save between 5.8 and 6.4 million tons of oil over the three-year period, this according to industry estimates.

According to Sebastian, Spain has been trying for awhile to cut oil imports. Over the past year alone, Sebastian noted that the country had spent 17 billion euros on oil imports.

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  • http://epsos.de Frank Albertino

    A very humble goal, but still very impressive in comparison to other countries.

    I think Europe could achieve a lot more, if all the trucks, trains and buses are converted to electricity. It would lower the transactional costs and boost the economy in the long term.

  • http://epsos.de Frank Albertino

    A very humble goal, but still very impressive in comparison to other countries.

    I think Europe could achieve a lot more, if all the trucks, trains and buses are converted to electricity. It would lower the transactional costs and boost the economy in the long term.

  • Sergio Hernandez

    Hi from Spain!

    What the hell will you save if the electric car must be recharged by plugin it to a electric outlet powered by a thermic & charcoal electric plant?

    Nothing, instead of being your car the one to polute, this job is endorsed to the electric plant… no?

    If they don’t change the primery energy sources, it doesn’t matter if you use fuel, or electricity generated by usual methods, or hidrogen cells recharged again with dirty generated electricity.

    But hey, it is a great move, and in the right direction, just we will need a second step in auto recharging our batteries by using at-home solar cells, for instance, so we unplug from goverment-driven energy sources to home cocked ones.

  • Sergio Hernandez

    Hi from Spain!

    What the hell will you save if the electric car must be recharged by plugin it to a electric outlet powered by a thermic & charcoal electric plant?

    Nothing, instead of being your car the one to polute, this job is endorsed to the electric plant… no?

    If they don’t change the primery energy sources, it doesn’t matter if you use fuel, or electricity generated by usual methods, or hidrogen cells recharged again with dirty generated electricity.

    But hey, it is a great move, and in the right direction, just we will need a second step in auto recharging our batteries by using at-home solar cells, for instance, so we unplug from goverment-driven energy sources to home cocked ones.

  • Hayek

    Interesting article. But why do you put a Smart in your thumbnail? Think because it’s small and has a nice green color it must be electric?

    read up: http://www.smart.com

  • Hayek

    Interesting article. But why do you put a Smart in your thumbnail? Think because it’s small and has a nice green color it must be electric?

    read up: http://www.smart.com

  • Josef Betke

    Goverments around the world should be aware that electric & fuel cell technology will solve future problems of the western world.

  • Josef Betke

    Goverments around the world should be aware that electric & fuel cell technology will solve future problems of the western world.

  • Jim tripp

    Wow, thats pretty cool. We need more of them in the US too.

    JT

    http://www.Ultimate-Anonymity.com

  • Jim tripp

    Wow, thats pretty cool. We need more of them in the US too.

    JT

    http://www.Ultimate-Anonymity.com

  • http://www.misterinfo.de/partner erichansa

    Hmmm, I’m not sure if the electric car is a good idea. I mean, yeah, saving gas and all that, but dont forget the sheer quantity of Poisonous Chemicals in its batteries. I’m no expert, and I’m not completely closed off to them, but I’m thinking that surely, over, say, 150,000 miles (or something else reasonable as a lifetime), the poisons and chemicals and processes used to make the batteries must be worse for the environment than just burning the petrol.

  • http://www.misterinfo.de/partner erichansa

    Hmmm, I’m not sure if the electric car is a good idea. I mean, yeah, saving gas and all that, but dont forget the sheer quantity of Poisonous Chemicals in its batteries. I’m no expert, and I’m not completely closed off to them, but I’m thinking that surely, over, say, 150,000 miles (or something else reasonable as a lifetime), the poisons and chemicals and processes used to make the batteries must be worse for the environment than just burning the petrol.

  • http://atalaya.blogalia.com JJ

    If you had said “intent on seeming to help the environment”, that would hav e been spot on. Spain is one of the countries with a heaviest dependence on fossil fuels, and electric infrastructure is known to fail from time to time (last summer in Catalonia, for instance). What would be the burden on the existing infrastructure if that eventually happens?

    That’s one more of the photo-ops this government is known for. Train infraestructure, apart from the spanking new high-speed trains, is crumbling; urban transport relies mainly in fossil-consuming and smoke-spewing buses, and there are other alternatives to electric cars (hybrid, fuel-cell, you name it).

    So, my hunch goes two ways: it will fail, and if it does not, it will create a bigger problem than it’s solved.

  • http://atalaya.blogalia.com JJ

    If you had said “intent on seeming to help the environment”, that would hav e been spot on. Spain is one of the countries with a heaviest dependence on fossil fuels, and electric infrastructure is known to fail from time to time (last summer in Catalonia, for instance). What would be the burden on the existing infrastructure if that eventually happens?

    That’s one more of the photo-ops this government is known for. Train infraestructure, apart from the spanking new high-speed trains, is crumbling; urban transport relies mainly in fossil-consuming and smoke-spewing buses, and there are other alternatives to electric cars (hybrid, fuel-cell, you name it).

    So, my hunch goes two ways: it will fail, and if it does not, it will create a bigger problem than it’s solved.

  • http://atalaya.blogalia.com JJ

    If you had said “intent on seeming to help the environment”, that would hav e been spot on. Spain is one of the countries with a heaviest dependence on fossil fuels, and electric infrastructure is known to fail from time to time (last summer in Catalonia, for instance). What would be the burden on the existing infrastructure if that eventually happens?

    That’s one more of the photo-ops this government is known for. Train infraestructure, apart from the spanking new high-speed trains, is crumbling; urban transport relies mainly in fossil-consuming and smoke-spewing buses, and there are other alternatives to electric cars (hybrid, fuel-cell, you name it).

    So, my hunch goes two ways: it will fail, and if it does not, it will create a bigger problem than it’s solved.

  • http://www.strombergandsanborn.com R Sanborn

    Watch oil demand decline when these and other electric vehicles become widely available.

  • http://www.strombergandsanborn.com R Sanborn

    Watch oil demand decline when these and other electric vehicles become widely available.

  • http://www.strombergandsanborn.com R Sanborn

    Watch oil demand decline when these and other electric vehicles become widely available.

  • http://www.brightfuture.us Tim

    A very bold move by Spain. I think electric cars are a much more promising future than biofuels, given the huge shifts towards powering grids with wind and solar. If only we could see a program this aggressive in the US. We had McCain’s “battery prize” to spur innovation, but that’s a campaign show that’s really a joke. Major US companies are already getting ready to roll out the first electric prototypes, and an efficient battery has already been developed by EEstor.

  • http://www.brightfuture.us Tim

    A very bold move by Spain. I think electric cars are a much more promising future than biofuels, given the huge shifts towards powering grids with wind and solar. If only we could see a program this aggressive in the US. We had McCain’s “battery prize” to spur innovation, but that’s a campaign show that’s really a joke. Major US companies are already getting ready to roll out the first electric prototypes, and an efficient battery has already been developed by EEstor.

  • http://www.zerogasoline.com Ed

    This is a fantastic announcement. Spain is very active in generating power via renewable sources – making electric cars on their roads truly zero emissions.

    I am working on an electric car myself. I’m converting an old Tercel to be 100% electric. Even though only 39% of the electric supply in my area is non-polluting, the efficiency of electric cars make this a huge reduction in my families carbon footprint. Not to mention it will save us a good deal of money!

    You can view the project at http://www.ZeroGasoline.com

  • http://www.zerogasoline.com Ed

    This is a fantastic announcement. Spain is very active in generating power via renewable sources – making electric cars on their roads truly zero emissions.

    I am working on an electric car myself. I’m converting an old Tercel to be 100% electric. Even though only 39% of the electric supply in my area is non-polluting, the efficiency of electric cars make this a huge reduction in my families carbon footprint. Not to mention it will save us a good deal of money!

    You can view the project at http://www.ZeroGasoline.com

  • Uncle B

    The ballast effect of charging electric car batteries when the power is available, ether from solar or wind sources, is necessary for these varying sources of power to be successful! We all know that the sun doesn’t shine all the time, and the wind only blows when it wants to! Charging batteries when we can, and using them when we want to is a perfect solution to the problem. Remember, you can have more than one battery charging at any given time, so any excess generation will be put to good use! Bravo Spain and Portugal, may you share technology with the Anmerican South West, and both benefit from it!

  • Uncle B

    The ballast effect of charging electric car batteries when the power is available, ether from solar or wind sources, is necessary for these varying sources of power to be successful! We all know that the sun doesn’t shine all the time, and the wind only blows when it wants to! Charging batteries when we can, and using them when we want to is a perfect solution to the problem. Remember, you can have more than one battery charging at any given time, so any excess generation will be put to good use! Bravo Spain and Portugal, may you share technology with the Anmerican South West, and both benefit from it!

  • http://nutritionresearchcenter.org Vic

    The U.S. is politically tied to oil, to the detriment of the populace. A few greedy characters are making the rest of us suffer. Fortunately, not all nations are in the same boat. Just think of a country with millions of electric vehicles: quiet, non-polluting, smaller and a contribution to humanity. That’s progress! — Vic Shayne, PhD, nutritionresearchcenter.org

  • http://nutritionresearchcenter.org Vic

    The U.S. is politically tied to oil, to the detriment of the populace. A few greedy characters are making the rest of us suffer. Fortunately, not all nations are in the same boat. Just think of a country with millions of electric vehicles: quiet, non-polluting, smaller and a contribution to humanity. That’s progress! — Vic Shayne, PhD, nutritionresearchcenter.org

  • http://nutritionresearchcenter.org Vic

    The U.S. is politically tied to oil, to the detriment of the populace. A few greedy characters are making the rest of us suffer. Fortunately, not all nations are in the same boat. Just think of a country with millions of electric vehicles: quiet, non-polluting, smaller and a contribution to humanity. That’s progress! — Vic Shayne, PhD, nutritionresearchcenter.org

  • http://www.basisrente.net/ Basisrente

    Great idea, but can we believe in?

  • http://www.basisrente.net/ Basisrente

    Great idea, but can we believe in?

  • http://www.basisrente.net/ Basisrente

    Great idea, but can we believe in?

  • desiree

    Are licences required for electric cars

  • desiree

    Are licences required for electric cars

  • desiree

    Are licences required for electric cars

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