Within the last few years, Spain has been focused on increasing electric vehicle incentives and production; and in 2021, Spain announced that they planned to invest 4.3 billion euros to jump start the production of electric vehicles and batteries as part of a major national spending program. The plan to increase electric vehicle use and production across the country has continued to pick up speed with an exciting the news last week of Future: Fast Forward partners (led by Volkswagen Group and SEAT S.A.) applying to the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation program for the Electric and Connected Vehicle (PERTE VEC). And what’s their goal? To turn Spain into a hub for electric vehicles in Europe.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce that CARTO has been selected as a strategic partner - due to our experience in applying spatial analytics to key EV charging infrastructure questions.
This country-wide project, which consists of companies from 11 autonomous communities, presented last week (in collaboration with PWC) is centered around four main pillars which covers nine blocks of the Electric and Connected Vehicle PERTE.
The core pillar, which is led by SEAT S.A. and the Volkswagen Group, aims “to electrify the Martorell and Pamplona factories.”
The goal of the second pillar is creating a battery ecosystem for electric cars in Spain, “ranging from lithium extraction in the mines to battery assembly, including a battery gigafactory in Sagunto (Valencia).
The aim of the third pillar is to promote localization of essential components for electric vehicles in Spain.
The last pillar encompasses training, digitalization and the circular economy.
Our Director of Business Development, Hector Garcia, reflected on this news:
“At CARTO, we’re honored to be working with SEAT & Volkswagen as a key electric vehicle partner within this project. Having already supported a wide range of utilities and automotive players in this space, we’re now excited to be involved in helping turn Spain into an electric vehicle hub.”
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