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Energy company Iberdrola has signed a strategic agreement with Volkswagen and SEAT to jointly promote the deployment of electric and sustainable mobility in Spain.

The three companies will promote:

  • The creation of a public network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The three parties will conduct innovation projects, work on promoting self-consumption with green energy and promote projects to reduce carbon emissions at power plants and dealer networks.
  • The use of 100% renewable energies in the EV supply chain.
  • Commercialise EV charging solutions and integrate Iberdrola’s infrastructure into the navigators of electric vehicles.
  • The alliance will help the three companies to achieve their e-mobility plans.

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Iberdrola has set a target of installing 150,000 EV chargers over the next five years in homes, companies and on the public road network. The company has already installed 140 charging stations at the SEAT facility in Martorell.

SEAT’s electromobility strategy aims to electrify its range of vehicles and promote the use of renewable energy. SEAT and CUPRA will launch five new electric and hybrid models.

Volkswagen and its brands Audi, SKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles plan to launch a total of 8 pure electric models and 4 plug-in hybrids in the Spanish market in the next 18 months

By forming an alliance, Volkswagen, SEAT and Iberdrola plan to make Spain a leader in e-mobility in Europe.

The three parties have identified the lack of EV charging stations as the main barrier to the adoption of e-mobility.

SEAT and Volkswagen will provide their facilities for the development of new solutions and for selling of Iberdrola’s EV charging solutions.

Ignacio Galán, the chairman of Iberdrola, said: “The agreement shows the ambition of our transport electrification strategy and confirms the need for continued collaboration between all the actors to respond to the challenges of a mobility based on clean energy, without CO2 emissions, and the demands of a society committed to reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency.”

The CEO of the Volkswagen Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SEAT, Dr Herbert Diess, stated: “Electric mobility is gaining ground, and demand for charging stations and clean electricity is on the rise. Now more than ever, there is a pressing need to establish an integral Europe-wide charging structure.

“Spain has a key role in this regard, and the Volkswagen Group wants to help to encourage electrical and emissions-free mobility in the Spanish market. Iberdrola is a strategic partner for us, particularly regarding the expansion of rapid charge points. Iberdrola is also advancing fast in terms of zero CO2 energy production and it now produces around 90% of its energy from renewable sources in Spain.”