Spain is gearing for a plug-in tsunami from the Volkswagen Group.
The main area of cooperation will be public charging infrastructure, powered by renewable sources, as well as sales of charging solutions and integration of Iberdrola's charging point into EVs navigation systems.
As we already know, Iberdrola targets 150,000 charging points (AC and DC) - in households, companies, and on public highways (urban and interurban) - over the next five years. Including DC chargers of up to 350 kW.
"The green deal includes activating cross-sector innovation projects and a plan to ensure the roll-out of fast and ultra-fast charging points on the main routes of Spain’s road network. In addition, they will foster their use at SEAT’s facilities and at the brand’s and Volkswagen Group España Distribución dealers and the integration of Iberdrola’s recharging infrastructure into the navigators of electric vehicles, as well as the marketing of Iberdrola’s electric recharging solutions at SEAT’s dealers.
In this context, Iberdrola has completed the installation of 140 recharging points at SEAT’s centres in Martorell, including spaces for private and public use."
SEAT (with Cupra brand) intends to launch five new plug-ins, on top of SEAT Mii electric, while Volkswagen's other brands will introduce in Spain 8 BEVs and 4 PHEV within just 18 months.
A proper charging infrastructure is a key element to sell those cars in volume.
SEAT, Iberdrola and Volkswagen Group España Distribución join forces to boost electric mobility in Spain
- They agree on the need for joint work between the main agents and on the opportunity to configure an ecosystem that enables our country to spearhead this area in Europe
- Signing of a strategic agreement to promote the creation of a public network of recharging points in Spain for electric vehicles, foster the use of renewable energies, market electric recharging solutions and integrate Iberdrola’s infrastructure into electric vehicle navigation systems
- They aim to encourage the use of 100% green energy in the electric vehicle supply chain. To this end, they will activate joint innovation projects, work to foster self-consumption with green energy and promote projects to reduce CO2 emissions at plants and in the dealership network
- Iberdrola’s sustainable mobility plan provides for the installation of 150,000 electric chargers in homes, businesses and on public roads and super-fast charging facilities on motorways over the next five years. 140 recharging points have already been installed at SEAT’s facilities in Martorell
- SEAT’s electromobility strategy aims to electrify its vehicle range and promote the use of renewable energy. SEAT and CUPRA are already on an electric offensive, launching five new electric and hybrid models in addition to the electric version of the SEAT Mii
- The Volkswagen Group España Distribución brands (Volkswagen, Audi, SKODA and Volkswagen Vans) already offer a wide range of electric vehicles and plan to launch a total of eight pure electric models and four plug-in hybrids in the next 18 months on the Spanish market
SEAT, Iberdrola and Volkswagen Group España Distribución are strengthening their commitment to the electrification of transport by signing a strategic collaboration agreement to jointly promote the rollout of electric, sustainable mobility in Spain. The alliance was endorsed at a meeting between Iberdrola Chairman Ignacio Galán and Volkswagen Group CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SEAT, Dr. Herbert Diess.
The companies share the vision of the need to advance in the electrification of Spain in a coordinated manner, with alliances among the main agents that are providing solutions in this area, as well as the opportunities to configure an industrial, commercial and innovation ecosystem that will enable our country to maintain a prominent position in the automotive industry of the future and lead the development of sustainable mobility in Europe.
They have also identified the recharging infrastructure as one of the key factors in promoting electromobility and will therefore be working together in different areas of action. The green deal includes activating cross-sector innovation projects and a plan to ensure the roll-out of fast and ultra-fast charging points on the main routes of Spain’s road network. In addition, they will foster their use at SEAT’s facilities and at the brand’s and Volkswagen Group España Distribución dealers and the integration of Iberdrola’s recharging infrastructure into the navigators of electric vehicles, as well as the marketing of Iberdrola’s electric recharging solutions at SEAT’s dealers.
In this context, Iberdrola has completed the installation of 140 recharging points at SEAT’s centres in Martorell, including spaces for private and public use.
Volkswagen Group CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SEAT, Dr. Herbert Diess said that "e-mobility is gaining ground. The demand for charging stations and clean electricity is increasing. Now more than ever, it is paramount to establish a comprehensive charging infrastructure throughout Europe. Spain has an important role in this, and the Volkswagen Group wants to contribute to the breakthrough of electric and emission-free driving in the Spanish market. Iberdrola is an ideal strategic partner for us, especially with regard to the expansion of fast charging points. Furthermore, Iberdrola is rapidly converting to CO2-free energy production and in Spain they already produce about 90 percent electricity from renewable energies.” Diess summed up: “I am confident that with joint efforts Spanish roads will be ‘electrified’ soon.”
“The agreement shows the ambition of our transport electrification strategy and confirms the need to continue collaborating with all stakeholders to meet the challenges of mobility which is based on clean energy and zero CO2 emissions, as well as the demands of a society that is committed to reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency”, explained Iberdrola President Ignacio Galán, who also emphasised “the role that electrification will play in the green recovery, which will lead to economic reactivation and employment creation.”
Sustainable dealers, innovation projects and green energy supply
The goal of the automotive electrification strategy is to use 100% renewable energy in the electric vehicle supply chain. To this end, the three companies will evaluate energy solutions to reduce CO2 emissions at the plants and the SEAT and Volkswagen Group España Distribución dealers in the country, with an analysis of proposals in the area of self-consumption, with the installation of solar panels, the supply of 100% green energy and the implementation of energy efficiency solutions.
This green alliance opens other areas of collaboration related with joint participation in pilot projects of electromobility and R&D+i; the incorporation of manufacturers’ electric vehicles in Iberdrola’s fleets and actions with SEAT’s sharing companies and Volkswagen Group España Distribución.
SEAT’s electric future
The carmaker is in the midst of a transformation towards electrification of the company and its brands. SEAT and CUPRA are launching five new electric and plug-in hybrid models in 2020 and 2021, in addition to the electric version of the SEAT Mii1, which is already on sale. The Leon2 family will feature plug-in hybrid electric models under the SEAT and CUPRA brands, manufactured in Martorell; the SEAT Tarraco3will have a PHEV version and the CUPRA Formentor4, the first model designed and developed for the CUPRA brand, will also have a plug-in hybrid electric variant. In addition, the future CUPRA Born5 will join the SEAT Mii electric as the company’s second 100% electric vehicle. The company has also created SEAT MÓ, a new brand focused on promoting sustainable mobility, which also offers electric kickscooters and motorcycles. SEAT is going to invest 5 billion euros until 2025 in new research and development projects to electrify its vehicle range, as well as in equipment and facilities in our production plants.
This new cross-sector alliance with Iberdrola is another step that shows the carmaker’s firm commitment to making an electric future a reality in Spain.
Iberdrola speeds up electric mobility
Iberdrola continues to commit to the electrification of transportation in its strategy of transition to a decarbonised economy, as a key lever for reducing emissions and pollution in cities, as well as for green recovery in the post-COVID world.
The company is developing a sustainable mobility plan, to which it will allocate a total of 150 million euros, to intensify the roll-out of electric vehicle recharging points. The initiative provides for the installation of close to 150,000 electric vehicle chargers in homes and businesses, as well as on public roads, over the next five years. The commitment to the roll-out of recharging on motorways and major routes will prioritise ultra-fast (350 kW), super-fast (150 kW) and fast (50 kW) charging stations.
Electric vehicle users who recharge at Iberdrola stations do so with 100% green energy from clean generation sources and with Renewable Guarantee of Origin (GoO) certificates. The company also has the only app that incorporates verified information on electric vehicle chargers in operation in Spain, which in addition to a geolocation feature, in the case of Iberdrola’s chargers, can be used to reserve and pay for charging from a mobile phone.
Iberdrola was the first Spanish company to subscribe to The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, with the aim of accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, committing itself to electrifying its entire vehicle fleet and facilitating recharging for personnel in its businesses in Spain and the United Kingdom by 2030.
Volkswagen Group España Distribución’s commitment to sustainable mobility
Volkswagen Group España Distribución’s mission is to promote the transformation of mobility, and to do so in a way that is socially and environmentally sustainable. For this reason, it is committed to electromobility and its brands already have a wide range of 100% electric models such as the Volkswagen e-Up!6 and e-Golf7, the Audi e-tron8 or the SKODA CITIGOe9, to which a total of eight new electric and four plug-in hybrids will be added over the next 18 months. Volkswagen Vans is the only company in the commercial vehicle sector that has electric versions for all the segments in its range.