“The sooner we know what will happen in terms of support, political backing, and technical support, the better it will be for everyone,” says Alberto Torres, General Director of Plugspot, to Mobility Portal España.
Recently, the government has extended the Moves III Plan until July 31, a measure aimed at maintaining support for the electrification of transportation and covering the summer season.
However, it is not only expected that the support will continue to assist companies and customers but also improve in certain aspects.
Torres argues that “what the sector, like all the others, needs is stability and predictability.”
One of the key aspects to improve subsidies, widely demanded, is how these incentives are perceived.
Many players emphasize the importance of granting these subsidies immediately at the time of purchasing the electric vehicle, and not waiting for seven months or more before receiving them.
“It would be positive to transfer those direct subsidies promised for the acquisition of electric vehicles to the installation of charging infrastructure,” he argues.
Whether directly at the time of applying for the permit for such installation or through the deduction of VAT.
Currently, Spain faces a challenge related to the number of non-operational charging points throughout the national territory.
According to the Electromobility Barometer of the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC), the country has more than 25,000 public access points.
However, approximately 8,800 are out of service.
One of the main issues faced by charging infrastructure installers is the delay in the provision of electrical supply by the distributors.
Each installation requires a process with the distribution company, which can only be initiated once the installation is completed and approved by inspection.
After obtaining the technical-economic letter, it is necessary to wait again to connect the infrastructure to the electrical grid.
Waiting time can extend to more than a year, undoubtedly representing a significant obstacle to the sector’s development.
In response to these challenges, Plugspot has developed a comprehensive turnkey solution to address and support customers.
The company takes care of the installation, maintenance, and management of charging points.
Not only that, but it also offers solutions that enable efficient and cost-effective facility management by integrating management software with the chargers.
This can be done remotely and also through a mobile application designed for businesses.
In this regard, its client portfolio includes companies, service stations, public sector entities, real estate companies, shopping centers, among others, as well as individual customers.
Plugspot Success Case
Recently, the company has completed the installation of charging points in a logistics park in Álava.
In this project, they have installed two Viaris Combi+ stations, each with a double socket and a power of 7.4 kW each.
Additionally, they have implemented a load balancing system that allows distributing the available power between the main building and the charging points.
The installation includes RFID cards for unlocking the points and user identification.
These cards provide the customer with the guarantee that no individual outside their company will be able to use them.
These charging points are located in the parking area designated for employees and visitors of a center used by a multinational logistics operator.
In this installation, they have collaborated with Cushman & Wakefield, the company in charge of managing this logistics park in Salvatierra, owned by Nuveen, a leading investment fund in the real estate sector.
Looking ahead to the short term, Torres reveals, within the framework of the Global Mobility Call, that Plugspot is also developing a residential rental project.
It involves a shared charging area among tenants.
“There, we manage the charging points for the building owner, allowing them to monetize the installation,” he anticipates.
Through these projects, Plugspot maintains its commitment to providing value-added management services to its clients wherever there is a need to install charging points.