SEAT sets sustainable sights on Spain
08 March 2021
′70 years ago, we put this country on wheels. Our aim, now, is to put Spain on electric wheels,’ said Griffiths. ′For this to be a reality, all parties agreed that Spain needs to develop and ensure a wider recharging infrastructure throughout the territory and stimulate demand by incentives. Spain should jump on the electrification train.’ Public-private consortium A new VW and SEAT-led project focusing on advancing electromobility was also outlined during the royal visit. Expected to be a driving force for medium-sized companies, it will focus on collaboration with key bodies from other sectors, such as Iberdrola (energy), TelefÃ³nica (telecommunications), CaixaBan (financial), Asti (technology), and suppliers like Gestamp or AntolÃn. Iberdrola chairman Ignacio GalÃ¡n expressed his excitement for the upcoming project. ′The SEAT and Volkswagen project with Iberdrola demonstrates Spain’s technological potential and will contribute to the country’s recovery plan,’ he said. GalÃ¡n explained the project is a demonstration of the country’s technological potential, while marking a milestone in public-private collaboration.
Spain and VW share a vision: To transform Europe’s second largest automotive industry. We have brought it to the starting line, want to electrify Martorell for sustainable mobility. It’s a historic chance, @EU_Commission. #GreenDeal @sanchezcastejon″” Herbert Diess (@Herbert_Diess) March 5, 2021
Spain’s Industry Minister Reyes Maroto gave a sneak peek into what a project of this scale might involve. Speaking at an event organised by the UGT union, she pointed to government plans for a public-private consortium between VW, SEAT and Iberdrola. It would use European Union funds to build the country’s first EV-battery factory. As reported by Reuters, this open collective will help Spain boost the local production of EVs.
ðŸ”ŠLa ministra @MarotoReyes anuncia que el Gobierno crearÃ¡ un consorcio público-privado para montar la 1ª fÃ¡brica de baterÃas de EspaÃ±a que garantizarÃ¡ la fabricaciÃ³n de un vehÃculo eléctrico conectado completo.ðŸ‘‰ðŸ»En el 28º Congreso @UGT_FICA âž•https://t.co/Y5wzGpb4xK pic.twitter.com/uxCVkO2NvR ″” Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo (@mincoturgob) March 4, 2021