Last Thursday, the SPS Formación was delighted to run the first round table on the “Future of the Electric Car” with leading experts from the environmental and renewable energy sectors. Among them Arturo Pérez de Lucía, Director AEDIVE (Business Association for the Development and Promotion of the Electric Vehicle), Mark Gemmell, de Tesla Motors Experience, Santiago Losada, ó Urbaser and Antonio Lucio, e de The Green Building Council.
Modified by SPS Environment Area Director, Álvaro Rodríguez, was the richest meeting, where the issue of sustainable mobility in cities where the electric car is located was the main axis of the debate:
- What is an electric car?
- What are its benefits ?,
- Are we ready for sustainable mobility?
- What are the disadvantages? …
Guests answered these questions and many more questions at this round table on the electric car understood as a vehicle “100% pure electric, extended autonomy or plug-in hybrid that is connected to renewable energy power generation with its power supply”, as defined by Arturo Pérez de Lucía.
Is it time for the electric car?
Considering that the electric car has a 125-year history, it now seems to be the time of its arrival. Members of this table mentioned it almost unanimously, where Arturo Pérez de Lucía said that “the automotive industry has already played an important role”. Antonio Lucio, for his part, emphasized air quality, urban congestion or urban stress, “An emerging problem in favor of the electric vehicle”. A solution added, without hesitation, to favor air quality, energy efficiency, decarbonisation, the obvious savings in oil transport, etc. On the other hand, Mark Gemmell views some opposition on the part of the current industry in developing measures in favor of sustainable mobility due to “the little interest generated and the lack of understanding of the damage we are doing to the environment”. In addition, he lamented that if this trend does not change on the part of society, “unfortunately the time has not come for the electric car.”
Faced with such a context, Álvaro Rodríguez stressed three facts that they prefer to change. The first is that, unlike other Summits, the United States and China, aware of the state of the planet, are committed to reducing emissions. The second, G7’s commitment to the 21st century ends with fossil fuels. And, third, and more current, Pope Francis has appealed for the planet’s need to fight climate change.
What is the evolution of the electric vehicle?
The question of independence remains one of the big questions of the electric car. Apart from Tesla (which manufactures vehicles with greater autonomy), there are vehicles that, according to Arturo Pérez de Lucía, are making progress in this regard, although new batteries will be developed that will gain even more independence. In this sense, the most important thing is “a change of mindset on the part of society”. For Gemmell, the battery and its independence are still a brake on buying an electric vehicle, although it acknowledges the progress being made in recent years. Here, according to one Tesla Motors Experience, it is important that the automotive industry makes a commitment to the manufacture of electric cars.
The Green Building Council representative stopped from the benefits of the
drivers of electric cars in cities for exemption from parking payments and without time limits or permission to use the bus in the HOV lane, despite the existing problem of availability and operation of loading points of a large city such as Madrid. Antonio Lucio continued to draw another major disadvantage of local and city energy service companies because there is no business model since “it is currently in deficit.” In this, as has been said “we are blocked.” Do Santiago Losada, loading points situation problem It’s not so great to be available, but not to do it right.
At this point, the moderator of the meeting confirmed that we had an overview of where the car and energy industries are in a state of fear. “Cannabis your business by not wanting to get involved in sustainable mobility”. Santiago Losada pointed out here “of course the energy companies want the electric car to have a single contract, that is, we charge the car at home and increase the power. They want it for their own good, to sell more energy and to sell it themselves ”.
Do Spanish manufacturers bet on electric mobility?
A fact that needs to be highlighted is that Spain is one of the countries that manufactures more electric cars but, nevertheless, consumes less. Comparing to Norway, in this country 12% of electric cars are consumed compared to 0.12% in Spain. This is heavily linked to financial assistance from the Government to dispose of electric cars, where they do not pay taxes.
In addition, Antonio Lucio pointed out that “the moment there is a turning point and the consumer sees that the electric car goes up in his pocket, consumption will increase.” He also pointed to the lack of communication and marketing by the industry where there is only a rare reference to electric cars in advertising.
Santiago Losada predicts faster progress in electricity mobility consumption, already pointing to some provinces in Spain such as Barcelona, Murcia, Valladolid, Basque Country or Vigo where electric vehicles are being made.
Arturo Pérez de Lucía stressed the need for the Authorities to be diligent ever since “They are banal measures in many cases and in other cases it is to cover the file.”
Is the electric car a reality?
The electric car is a reality. It will come and change the reality of our cities in no time. The electric car has come to stay within the concept of the smart city. It will not be a remote feature and will be within our reality. The IS Renewable energy here, they will play a fundamental role