Spain is racing against Germany and France to overhaul supply chains and retool its manufacturing bases

Spain is racing against Germany and France to overhaul supply chains and retool its manufacturing bases

12-07-2021MDB files

Spain will invest 4.3 billion euros to kick-start the production of electric vehicles and batteries as part of a major national spending programme financed mostly by European Union recovery funds, the government said on Monday.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a presentation the government-run plan, which aims to spur private investment, would include the whole production chain from extracting lithium to assembling battery cells and manufacturing electric vehicles.

"It is important for Spain to react and to anticipate this transformation in Europe's automotive sector," he said, adding that the private sector could contribute a further 15 billion euros to the initiative, according to government estimates.

After Germany, Spain is Europe's second-largest auto producer and the world's eighth-largest.

As the industry confronts a tectonic shift toward electric vehicles and greater technological integration, Spain is racing against Germany and France to overhaul supply chains and retool its manufacturing bases.

With the new investment programme, which forms part of a 13- billion euro package earmarked for sustainable mobility, Sanchez expects the sector's contribution to economic output to reach 15% by 2030, from around 10% now.

The programme will include 1 billion euros to boost charging infrastructure, Sanchez added.
As one of the main beneficiaries of a 750 billion euro EU recovery scheme, Spain will get around 70 billion euros in grants until 2026 to help revive its economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.

While few private sector bidders have publicly emerged to seek a slice of the funds, Volkswagen's Spanish SEAT brand and utility Iberdrola have formed an alliance to work on a bid.

Their involvement would fit within a wider project they are planning, covering all elements of electric vehicle production from mining to battery production to the manufacturing of a finished vehicle at SEAT's assembly plant outside Barcelona.


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James T / Hace 6 months

IStan, it all depends on how the hydrogen and the electricity are generated. Currently most hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels, the same as most elec. Green options are available for both.


Stuart Stebbings / Hace 7 months

Of course anything electric is polluting, but creating hydrogen is just as or even more polluting. Then there is the storage and distribution of hydrogen to consider. But you can create electricity in a green way especially in sunnier parts of the world. Solar and Wind come to mind. Electric cars are at there best when ICE are at there least efficient. Air quality in towns and cities improves and the associated lung and breathing conditions reduce.


Stan.. / Hace 7 months

Big mistake Mallorca. Hydrogen powered vehicles only produce WATER from their exhaust pipes. Anything electric creates more pollution.