The industry is not now ruling out assistance for combustion engines

In the automotive sector they have it clear. In electrification you have to move from words to deeds. Spain, the second largest car manufacturer in Europe, is at the tail of the penetration of electrified and zero-emission vehicles: 10% of total sales compared to 20% of the European average, a distance that alarms the sector and threatens the continuity of our country as a great car manufacturing platform. This is how the Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac) conveyed it to the government during the board of directors of the entity, which the new Minister of Industry Hector Gomez attended as guests in his first contact with employers in the sector – and the head of transport Raquel Sanchez.

under car from BarcelonaAnfak conveyed to the ministers the need to “implement immediate and urgent measures in the field of taxation, direct assistance for the procurement and development of charging infrastructure that allows accelerated sales of electrified vehicles and low and low emissions, signed by an entity. Specifically, manufacturers claim something as obvious as that assistance in purchasing cars from Plan move It can be paid to the buyer immediately, and not with a one-year delay as happens in some independent units.

ANFAC sources conveyed to the ABC a “positive assessment” of the meeting, in what it described as a “productive meeting”. However, in keeping with the impatience of some manufacturers who see how good words keep coming in, the same sources added that what it is about now is “Land of Promises What did the minister do? They noted that “we hope to have something in a few weeks.”

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This is, in fact, the term set by Minister Gomez to meet your nose again. In this regard, Gomez presented that during yesterday’s meeting progress was made in Tax points and fees, an aspect of the latter that, along with price, is cited as one of the main brakes on the consumer going electric. As for aid, the minister acknowledged that it is unreasonable for its collection to “prolong a lot in time.” He noted that aid must arrive “much sooner, almost immediately”, at the time of purchase, or else it “loses its appeal”.

On the other hand, the minister affirmed that they do not rule out the establishment of “complementary action lines” before the end of the Legislative Council that would allow support for the purchase of cars with thermal engines, as aid is now limited to hybrids and electricity. This is a classic claim in the sector, which indicates the need for a refurbishment Parking lot aging Spanish (average 14 years old). “We have to renovate the car park because the most polluting car is the old one, and the new one is always more sustainable,” said Anfac president Wayne Griffiths during the meeting. The minister’s words come after the PP chairman proposed a €400m package to help purchase cars, including those with combustion engines.

On behalf of the manufacturers, Griffiths reminded the ministers that “the situation was very bad and these are not the best years to encourage citizens and companies to buy a new car or truck. Therefore, our first goal is restore the market To keep the two million people employed in the automotive value chain in Spain employed.” The message sent by the sector is clear: decarbonization targets must be compatible with preserving the industry, which requires more flexibility, for example, in the application of Euro 7 emission reduction regulations.

In parallel, the Minister of Industry expressed optimism about the possibility of being able to approve the second Part of the electric and connected car (Perte VEC 2) in June. As for the second aid package, it amounted to 1,475 million euros, and the main new thing is that it includes 837 million euros specifically for the manufacture of electric car batteries.

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