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The manufacturers put the ‘ball’ of electrification on the government’s roof and demand measures to “not continue wasting time”

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The manufacturers put the ‘ball’ of electrification on the government’s roof and demand measures to “not continue wasting time”

Vincent Cano.

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With a very clear conscience for having done what was in their power, the manufacturers assure that if Spain does not meet the electrification objectives it is because the Government has not complied or, at least, not at the level that they have reached.

This has been defended by Wayne Griffiths, president of Anfac, during the presentation of the Roadmap 2023-2025 for the automobile industry or, what is the same, the allegation of measures with which manufacturers put on the roof of the Administration the ball to take the Spanish to a good place to compete in Europe.

Far from sales targets for electrified vehicles

“We support the ban on the sale of polluting vehicles in 2035,” said the president of Anfac. “But, if electrified cars are not sold in Spain, why are we going to manufacture them?” he laments.

Wayne Griffiths reflects with these words on the registrations of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in 2022. Last year, the electricity market closed with a total of 78,329 registered units when those necessary to achieve the emission reduction targets were 120,000.

electric car charging point

With the charging infrastructure, more of the same. The Government set the goal of closing 2030 with 310,000 active charging points long ago; At the end of 2022 there were only 17,000 and 80% slow charge.

“Urgent and far-reaching measures”

“We’ve wasted two years, we can’t waste any more time,” Griffiths says. A certainty before which the manufacturers claim “measures of depth” and “inescapable application in the coming years”.

The 2023-2025 Roadmap set by Anfac includes a series of measures that manufacturers consider essential for Spain to be able to compete in the European electricity market. “They are not impossible, but measures that are already applied in other countries that should serve as an example for us,” said José López-Tafall, general director of Anfac.

Mini Countryman PHEV recharge

The manufacturers’ proposals are designed to facilitate access to electric mobility for companies and individuals.

Advocates that “citizens should be free to choose what mobility they want to have”, they are convinced that the effort made by manufacturers to expand the offer of zero-emission vehicles will be of no use if it is not attractive to buyers.

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Changes to the Moves Plan

Acquisition aid plans (MOVES plans) play a fundamental role here. But for these subsidies to be truly effective, they must be reviewed focusing on three fundamental aspects:

  • Waiting time to receive the subsidy. The manufacturers ask that the Moves aid be made effective at the time the purchase is executed without the buyer having to wait months to receive it

  • Out of the statement. The Anfac Roadmap also contemplates eliminating the obligation for purchase aid to be taxed in the income statement

  • Centralization. For manufacturers, the fact that each autonomous community manages its Moves plan independently only serves to complicate access to aid

The truth about the Moves III Plan: I installed a charging point a year ago and I'm still waiting to collect the grant

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Taxation and charging points

The same changes for the purchase of efficient vehicles are requested to be applied to aid for the installation of charging points, an issue that for manufacturers must become “a matter of state”.

In addition to this, Anfac’s 2023-2025 Roadmap requires that a series of tax changes be applied, such as the reduction of VAT or corporate tax for companies that bet on the electrification of their fleets.

This pillar of the work plan has as its main objective a comprehensive tax reform of automobile treatment by 2024.

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