Is Spain ready for electric?

WHILE it would appear that the British public are starting to warm to the idea of electric vehicles, self-parking cars, and driverless taxis, will Spanish roads soon see a change towards ‘The Green’?

A recent survey by GFK questioned the Spanish public on their opinions, and willingness to buy electric cars.

They discovered that Spanish consumers show a deep and clear divide between their knowledge about electric vehicles and their willingness to buy one.

The survey showed that more than half of Spanish car buyers are willing to select an electric vehicle, but only 15 per cent believe they know them well. For example; nine out of 10 people believed the only benefit to owning an electric car was the ‘low emissions factor’.

The survey did point out, however, the most likely sector to benefit primarily will be the luxury end of the market.

It would appear the drivers of large sedans would be more willing to pay up to 10 per cent extra for a new electric equivalent of their car.

Good news indeed for Tesla, the luxury electric car manufacturer, which currently has big plans for Spain and France, and has just announced a programme of charging station installations nationwide.

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