We want to save the planet from pollution and climate change, but we are not on the right track…
A PwC report places spain in between worst countries in europe on the electric car adoptionwith a note of suspended. Why haven’t clean cars just arrived?
As our colleague Mario Herráez explains in Car picturesaid report gives our country a score of 2.3 out of 5, assessing aspects such as the penetration of the electric car in the market, infrastructures, chargers, etc. A complete suspense.
The electric car It aims to be the great revolution of our time: the elimination of fumes and the carcinogenic substances they contain, from cities and roads, would bring us great benefits in terms of health, quality of life, and help to combat climate change and the destruction of the environment.
But the years go by and electric cars do not finish arriving. At least massively. What is happening?
The slow adoption of the electric car in Spain
As they explain in Auto Bild, there is no single reason. In reality it is a true “perfect storm”, which plays against this great change.
First of all, we have to talk about high price of electric cars. For equal performance, they are up to 30% more expensive than combustion cars. It is true that there are affordable electric cars, but they tend to have limitations in terms of speed and autonomy. They are designed to move around the city, but they cannot replace the car that is used for everything.
According to Fiatthe prices between combustion and electric cars will be equal in 2025, but it is something that is still far away.
The second factor is the slow installation of charging stations. In Spain there are few, and most slow loading. The aforementioned PwC study indicates that for every million inhabitants we have 245 charging points. Furthermore, 83% of them have a charging power of less than 22 kW.
The current network of charging points cannot support a massive adoption of the electric car. It is true that little by little it is growing, and if there were massive sales of electric cars, the manufacturers and service stations would wake up and put more. But today, it is difficult to make a long trip in an electric car in Spain.
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Third, the government’s Plan Moves, which offers direct aid for the purchase of an electric car, It is insufficient. The aid is few and the budget runs out quickly.
The State suspends when reporting on the plan. According to the study Radiography of Mobility Habits of the Spanish carried out by the Alphabet Mobility Forum, 8 out of 10 Spaniards do not know what the Moves plan is.
Finally, we must talk about the current adverse economic outlook. The great crisis of 2008, the pandemic, and now the invasion of Ukraine, which has brought inflation and an exorbitant rise in the price of electricity, discourage people from changing cars and opting for an electric one.
It is a perfect storm that has lasted for years, and we still do not see the light at the end of the tunnel. The electric car adoption it is very slow in spain, and it does not seem that it will change in the short term. The problem is that our health, and that of the planet, do not wait…