Aragon wants to lead the way on sustainable mobility in Spain
The regional government has made public its contributions to the MOVES II Plan
- September 09, 2020 18:30
- Tzvetozar Vincent Iolov
The Aragonese Government announced today its financial contribution to the updated sustainable mobility plan MOVES II, which amounts to 2.8 million euros. This comes in the wake of the opening of a call for subsidies, which was initiated on 5 September and will extend for one year. Aragon is one of the first three autonomous communities in Spain to present this kind of subsidy scheme, and the only one that has made public in detail its contributions to the initiative.
MOVES is a Spanish acronym for Efficient and Sustainable Mobility
Arturo Aliaga, Deputy Premier of Aragon and regional Minister for Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development, headed a press conference earlier today where he stated that his administration’s investment into the program “is a sign of the effort that has been made in Aragon for renewable sources and logistics". He also added that the new updated plan takes into account the COVID-generated crisis, which is why “a line of subsidies for business projects has been included” with a view to stimulating the economic life.
The crisis has taught administrations to think in more cohesive, flexible and practical solutions for the multi-faceted problems of today. That is why MOVES II includes 4 lines of action that seek to stimulate different aspects of what we understand as sustainable mobility.
The first line of action includes subsidies that can be given towards the purchasing of vehicles which run on alternative energies, such as electric, hybrids, fuel cell electric and hybrids. The vehicles must be bought brand new and registered in Spain and can range from motorcycles (that can get 750-euro subsidy) all the way to trucks and buses (whose owners can apply for a 15 000-euro aid).
The second line is concerned with the purchasing and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructures. The plan provides for 5 types of charging stations, and grant recipients can be both private owners and legal entities.
Private companies and public entities will be eligible for the third line of action which involves the installation and implementation of electric bike loan systems. This part promises to cover 30% of the eligible costs.
The final line of action is aimed primarily at the business sector and it involves the implementation of sustainable mobility measures at the workplace. This means any measures that promote the use of sustainable transport or more efficient usage of already existing transportation methods. Up to 40% of eligible costs will be covered in the cases of the business sector.
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