Map of measures promoting use of electric cars
Lower taxes, discounts on sales prices, cheaper MOTs, parking where other vehicles cannot, travelling around without restrictions… There are a huge number of benefits of buying an electric car in Spain. Here are some examples.
Running a car is expensive. First there is the cost of buying it and then the taxes, inspections, etc. And if this was not enough, you also have to pay to park in certain areas and you might not even be able to drive around some cities when they impose their anti-pollution protocols. Of course, this is only the case for combustion-engine vehicles.
An electric vehicle, on the other hand, is exempt from many of these restrictions and also offers a number of benefits that will be good for your pocket. These advantages vary from region to region. We would need a much bigger blog to tell you about all of them, but here are a few.
The Spanish government has rolled out several plans nationally, the most recent being Plan VEA to subsidise part of the cost of buying an electric vehicle. Moreover, every electric vehicle is exempt from vehicle registration duties. Some autonomous communities offer extra financial assistance such as Valencia, which has set aside a budget of 750,000 euros to provide help with installing charging points and buying electric cars. When awarding grants, the authorities look at whether the electric vehicle is being purchased to replace a combustion-engine vehicle, if the applicant lives somewhere that has by-laws on sustainable mobility, and whether the town or city offers tax breaks for electric vehicles.
Since 27 July, the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha also offers grants to buy vehicles powered by alternative energy sources, having earmarked 125,000 euros for private users. Grants of up to 8,000 euros are available for 100% electric vehicles, as long as the amount requested does not exceed 25% of the total purchase price of the vehicle.
The Basque government on the other hand has been giving out grants of up to 400 euros to buy electric motorcycles for some time, subsidising up to 20% of the total purchase price. Elsewhere, Catalonia offers several grants if you plan to buy a vehicle for business use. Madrid has set aside a budget of 2 million euros this year for replacing vehicle fleets for cleaner models. In Malaga, rebates of between 35 and 55% are in place for lease hire vehicles, and the Canary Islands recently abolished the Canary Islands Indirect General Tax (IGIC) for electric and hybrid vehicles.
There are also dozens of towns and cities granting municipal road tax discounts of between 50 and 75%. Savings are considerable given that this tax is paid every year. Zaragoza, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Granada, Tarragona, Valladolid and Palencia are just some of those offering these tax breaks.
There are other “small gifts” that will help you save money: In every Catalan province, for example, tolls are waived for all electric cars, motorcycles and vans. And forget about paying to park your electric car in many controlled parking zones. Examples include free parking in Zaragoza in blue and yellow parking areas, Tarragona in blue, green and orange areas, and Madrid in blue and green areas. Other towns have rolled out some creative solutions. In Reus, for example, you can park for free in the local council’s car parks.
Lastly, taking your vehicle for its MOT might work out cheaper if you have an electric car. In this case, it is not about receiving financial assistance, but rather a question of logic: as emissions and noise tests are not required, inspections take less time and are cheaper. Watch out though: not all MOT centres offer discounts and it is best to ask first.