Anfac calls for speeding up infrastructure and improving the taxation of electricity. May put Spanish plants at risk. In 2020 there were 76 electric vehicle models and 77 PHEVs.
Anfac , the employers’ association of car manufacturers, asks to give an acceleration to the electric vehicle to catch up with other neighboring countries. Its president, José Vicente de los Mozos , points to the need to improve infrastructure and taxation as key points to ensure that the demand for this type of car is placed at an optimal point and Spanish plants are not put at risk.
Specifically, De los Mozos recalled that “when we see the numbers of public charging points per million inhabitants, we see that Spain is far behind the rest of the reference countries”, something that, in his opinion, is slowing down demand .
“When buying an electric car you ask yourself three questions: what autonomy it has, what is the charging time it needs and where are the charging points,” he says, alluding to the fact that the lack of a quality public infrastructure is one of the main handicaps when deciding on this type of vehicle.
In his opinion, the lack of this infrastructure “may put Spanish plants at risk” if one takes into account that “it will be produced where there is demand”, trying to avoid penalties for CO2 generated during transport to the final market. .
Another of the poles of improvement that Anfac sees is the improvement of taxation for these vehicles. In the short term, they propose a 100% discount in the Circulation Tax, the income tax discount or the Corporation Tax, the improvement of the deductions for remuneration in kind, a reduced tax rate for the electricity supplied in vehicle recharging stations and the IRPF exemption of subsidies in the style of the MOVES plan. In the medium term, the requests focus on zero and reduced VAT.
“We need to make more efforts than the rest of the countries,” says De los Mozos , who points to the need to establish a regulation with binding objectives for the decade, eliminating regulatory barriers, and creating a Governance table coordinated by public administrations that monitor deployment, review barriers, and propose urgent improvements to fix them.
At the end of 2020, there were 76 electric vehicle models for sale and 77 PHEVs in the Spanish market, and production was focused on six electric models and five plug-in hybrids, with a total of 139,957 units. In Spain, the share of electrified vehicles stood at 4.8%, very far from other countries such as Germany or France, which are at 13.5 and 11.3%.