Photo: Nissan

Photo: Nissan

Last modified: 24/05/2012

The city will host the electric vehicle worldwide in 2013

Barcelona City Council, Seat, Endesa, Siemens and BSM renew the agreement to continue promoting the city as a hub for this strategic sector. Barcelona's Zona Franca is to produce the Nissan NV200 electric van in its entirety.

Barcelona will be the 2013 world capital of the electric vehicle and will hold the next edition of Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS), the benchmark world congress for this sector. The city has taken the relay from Los Angeles (United States), becoming the venue for the EVS27. 

Sònia Recasens, the deputy mayor for Enterprise, Economy and Employment, has stated that "Barcelona is the European benchmark for electric mobility and hosting the EVS27 will enable the city to gain worldwide positioning as the front-runner within this strategic sector, and thus, of its constantly evolving technology". 

The congress, organised by Fira Barcelona trade fair, will be held in November 2013 at the Gran Via centre, coinciding with the third edition of the Smart City Expo & World Congress, the summit on intelligent cities, which in its 2013 edition will be dedicated to sustainable mobility.

A strategic sector for the city

Upon knowing that the Catalonian capital had been chosen to host the EVS27, the deputy mayor highlighted that "electric mobility and its associated industry represents a sector with great economic potential and high added value for Barcelona, from an economic point of view as well as for sustainability and energy companies".

Recasens added that "for the companies within the sector this is an opportunity for active participation and creating synergies at an international scope, with regard to new electric vehicle models as well as for the consolidation of their components".

In this sense, it is worth highlighting that more than 40% of the industry located within the Metropolitan Area is linked to the automotive sector and more than 80 companies and entities are already linked to the electric mobility sector, including Nissan, Seat, Ficosa, Endesa, Siemens, Schneider, Simon, etc.

Barcelona, chosen for the production of Nissan's new electric van

From 2013 Nissan's Zona Franca factory is set to produce the electric version of the NV200 van, in a clear view to the future for the facilities the Japanese multinational has in Barcelona. 

The winning of this project implies an investment of 100 million Euros and the creation of 700 jobs, between direct and indirect employment. Nissan's objective is to produce 20,000 units of the new vehicle per year. This will be wholly manufactured in Barcelona for worldwide distribution.

During Nissan's presentation, the mayor Xavier Trias, assured that "initiatives like that of Nissan make us a world reference and demonstrate that we have the capacity to be competitive". According to Trias, we have to make Barcelona a city of culture, creativity, knowledge and innovation. We have to make Barcelona the real dynamo of economic reactivation".

Barcelona renews its commitment to electric mobility

The City Council has given fresh impetus to the LIVE Platform (Logística per a la Implementació del Vehicle Elèctric, "Logistics for the Implementation of Electric Vehicles") thanks to the signing, last May 16, of an agreement between the council, SeatEndesaSiemens and BSM to foster new economic and business activity around the electric vehicle sector.

Likewise, the City Council has reached a strategic agreement with Seat, under which the automaker's Technical Centre will provide three vehicles (two hybrid León and an electric Exeo) to be tested and evaluated before starting series production. 

According to Sònia Recasens, "this test will allow the administration to evaluate the capabilities and infrastructure associated to this technology and try out the service provided by this type of vehicles to civil servants".

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