Mobility Portal, Spain
Date: September 12, 2023
Inés Platini
By Inés Platini
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EDP: “Numbers should drive more aggressive and faster eMobility policies”

In the context of the Madrid Electric Vehicle Fair, Javier Martínez Ríos, eMobility Director at EDP, discusses the Plan Moves and the latest developments of the company with Mobility Portal Europe.
Javier Martínez Ríos, eMobility Director at EDP.
Javier Martínez Ríos, eMobility Director at EDP.

Pending the launch of the new Plan Moves, Javier Martínez Ríos, eMobility Director at EDP, anticipates changes in the deduction of the subsidy.

When asked by Portal Movilidad España at VEM 2023, the expert assures that there are aspects that could be modified.

“An improvement would be if it could be directly applied to the purchase, as was done in previous plans,” he notes.

In other words, the customer would perceive a deduction directly in the vehicle’s price.

In contrast to Moves III, which ends on December 31, 2023, and requires the buyer to pay the full cost of the car and then apply for assistance through the dealer.

Buyers express dissatisfaction with delays in both receiving a response and receiving the corresponding funds.

They also request that the announced amount be accurate and exempt from taxation by the tax authorities.

“Currently, it’s challenging, and we need to make it easy. So, I hope the plan is on time and there are no delays,” Martínez Ríos expresses.

EDP booth at VEM 2022.

However, the Director states that the Plan has improved with each edition and has no doubt that it will continue in the coming years.

Nevertheless, he remarks: “The issue is the speed at which it occurs. If it runs out and takes too long to return, that time is a loss for the customer, delaying their purchase.”

In this regard, he highlights that Portugal is a country they will emulate, “because it has directly addressed the tax issue rather than payments.”

“In other countries more similar to ours, such as France, the industry’s influence is growing. Spain is lagging behind.

Therefore, at the local level, it is necessary to consider how the price of electric vehicles can be transformed through public incentives.

However, the Director of eMobility highlights two decrees recently issued by the government.

On the one hand, the 15% deductibility received in personal income tax (IRPF) for purchasing an electric car, although it “should be more direct.”

On the other hand, the introduction of the responsible declaration for deploying charging points.

“It’s essential for the urgency reflected in the market’s figures to motivate the adoption of more aggressive, closer and faster policies to accelerate the transition,” he insists.

And he adds: “There are still areas for improvement, but I believe this is the path.”

EDP at VEM: Its participation and future outlook

In its third year at VEM, Martínez Ríos emphasizes how, year after year, he observes the sector’s progress towards electromobility and recognizes Spain’s notable achievements in this context.

“I am convinced that we will be up to par soon, and events like this contribute to that,” he says.

EDP joins the eighth edition of the Fair with an offering of chargers and solar panels, but primarily, a space focused on dialogue and spreading the advantages of eMobility.

MiVe, EDP’s comprehensive electric mobility service.

Currently, the company with more than 100 years of history in Spain has approximately 800 operational charging points.

They also have 4.000 contracts, which they “hope will be active as soon as possible.”

Through agreements with Decathlon, Petroprix, Ahorramas and Kia, the company will launch a network of chargers that is already under construction, gradually opening to the public.

“Our goal is to expedite the process, as the construction of an infrastructure takes no more than a month, but getting it operational can take up to two years,” he explains.

However, Martínez Ríos insists that the transition to electromobility is an unstoppable wave.

“I think it’s no longer a matter of belief, but of joining in, and EDP wants to be part of this wave,” he emphasizes.

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