Monday 30th May 2022 – Mike Smith
Source: press release – Diputación de Alicante
The Alicante Provincial Council has made a new batch of 100% electric vehicles available to some thirty municipalities in the province, the third this year, within the institution’s environmental strategy of promoting the sustainability of the territory. These utility vehicles are part of the Provincial Council’s call for ecological mobility, endowed with a global investment of 6.2 million euros, which includes both cars and recharging points and represents the largest economic contribution in history.
The initiative, the result of the consensus and agreement of all the political groups that make up the provincial council, responds to two plans launched by the Provincial Council with a historic investment of 4.7 million euros focused on promoting sustainable mobility, combating climate change and reduce air pollution in the province’s municipalities. For this purpose, a total of 171 100% electric vehicles have been supplied to 122 towns with less than 50,000 inhabitants. In addition, the terms and conditions for granting subsidies for the installation of recharging points for electric vehicles have recently been approved, with an amount of 1.5 million euros allocated. The deadline for submitting applications is open until June 15th.
The president of the Alicante Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, and the mayor of Dénia, Vicent Grimalt, attended, together with the provincial councillors for the Environment, Miguel Ángel Sánchez, and for Highways, Alejandro Morant, as well as the deputy for the region, Juan Bautista Roselló, and the councilors from the towns which have benefited from the utility vehicles at the vehicle collection point.
Mazón explained that it is a “historic investment by the Provincial Council, almost 5 million euros for electric vehicles, which not only helps us promote sustainable mobility, but above all it allows us to provide a service to citizens, especially those from smaller municipalities”.
“Municipalism, local services, are important because the councils must also be a reference and example of this transition towards sustainable mobility and the fight against climate change”, he added.
The president recalled that this initiative was born “from the unanimity of all the political groups of the institution”, while insisting that it is possible “thanks to our savings, to our surplus with which we launch extraordinary items, not only for the present but also for the future.
The making available of the cars was held in the Torrecremada Parking on Passeig Ricardo Ortega in Dénia with the presence of mayors and municipal technicians who will allocate the thirty cars to the provision of different municipal services.
Alcalalí, Benimantell, Benimeli, El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, Callosa d’en Sarrià, Calp, Dénia, El Verger, Els Poblets, Finestrat, Gata de Gorgos, Xàbia, L’Alfàs del Pi, Pego, Polop, Teulada, La Vall de Gallinera, La Nucía, Bolulla, Murla, Benigembla, Sella, Senija, Llíber, Parcent, Beniarrés, Aigües and Tibi have been the benefited localities in this latest distribution.
All Alicante towns with less than 50,000 inhabitants who have requested it will have, at least, one electric car subsidized one hundred percent by the provincial institution, some of them, in this case those with the largest population such as Xàbia, with two.
DSFK trucks, with open bed, raised sides and a range of more than 100 kilometres, can be used for the collection, disposal and treatment of waste whilst the Peugeot 2008 ACP passenger cars, with 4×2 traction and a range of more than 200 kilometers, which will be used for civil protection, security and order and the Opel Combo-e Life brand vans, will be used in the provision of municipal services.
This action is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and with the need to adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects, while it is closely linked to the 2030 Agenda, two projects with which the Alicante Provincial Council is aware.