The Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation (PERTE) of the electric and connected car will mobilize some 24,000 million euros in the coming years thanks to a “giant” and “historic” public investment of 4,295 million euros, which will mostly come from from European Next Generation funds.
This was stated this Monday by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the presentation of this PERTE – which he described as ambitious, exciting and optimistic for a sector in a “very delicate” situation after COVID – in a ceremony at the Palace de la Moncloa, where he has been accompanied by the ministers of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and of Industry, Reyes Maroto, as well as the president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, and representatives of different automotive and technological employers. .
According to Sánchez, this plan is “fundamental and essential”, since in addition to changing our way of traveling, our landscapes and the air we breathe in cities, it will allow 2021 to go down in history as the year in which Spain started the “great project” of becoming the “European ‘hub’ of electromobility”.
This will allow the contribution of the automotive industry to the Spanish GDP to “jump” to 15% in 2030, said Sánchez, who has assured that this will also allow a transformation of the country since it will have a “formidable” territorial impact in a Spain, which has 17 factories spread over ten autonomous communities and which promote a large network of suppliers (currently made up of about a thousand companies).
For the president, the PERTE of the electric and connected vehicle, which will be approved tomorrow by the Council of Ministers, will activate a transversal growth that will also maintain competitiveness and employment in the industry, at the same time that it will allow the formation of some 150,000 people in the next few years.
Spain, he said, is going to be the first country in Europe in which a battery academy is going to be launched, within an initiative of the European Commission.
It will also have an effect on the extraction of raw materials such as lithium, on the development and manufacture of electric motors, on the production of electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, on the connected vehicle and on the vehicle recharging infrastructure. electric.
For this, transformative projects will be promoted —which has not been advanced— in terms of research, development, manufacture of original equipment (such as batteries) and measures that facilitate new mobility and the development of electric vehicles, among which there will be regulations referred to. a circular economy, infrastructure deployment and digitization.
With this, what is sought is for Spain to anticipate the changes that the automobile industry is facing and to lead them, Sánchez stressed, who has warned that, despite the injection of public resources, it will not be achieved nothing without the “close” collaboration of the private sector.
For this reason, the Government – it has announced – is going to appoint a prestigious person to promote and promote joint work.
Minister Maroto stressed that not long ago some dreamed that Spain would lead mobility, which “today is a reality” with this strategic project that is “important for Spain and for Europe.” In his opinion, European funds are an opportunity and will contribute to placing Spain and the automotive industry “at the forefront”.
Thanks from the employers
The president of the Anfac manufacturers ’employers’ association, José Vicente de los Mozos, has thanked that the first PERTE is for the automobile and has said that for this country project to be “well used” it is necessary that it be accompanied by the maintenance of the competitiveness of the factories and that they continue to work on improvements in labor, energy and logistics, as well as “clear and simple” support actions, together with an “agile” governance, otherwise it will be a lost opportunity.
From the Sernauto component employer’s association, María Helena Antolín has asked for an efficient management of resources so that they reach the entire automobile value chain in the “shortest time possible”, since, first, it is necessary to “win the race” of mobility in Europe and later in the world
The president of the Business Association for the development and promotion of electric mobility AEDIVE, Adriano Mones, recalled that Spain is the eighth country in Europe in charging points, and the fourth in fast charging points, despite the obstacles that there is for its start-up; While that of the Ametic technology industry, Pedro Pier, has pointed out that in the revolution implied by the electrification of the car, computing, connectivity, ICT technologies, artificial intelligence or 5G or satellite communication networks are necessary because the car it is a “computer on wheels”.