Toyota Spain has partnered with Gamesa, a manufacturer and developer of wind turbines, in an effort to promote use of plug-in electric vehicles in urban Spain.
Toyota Spain is lending Gamesa a Prius Plug-in Hybrid for a six-month period so it can test and verify the car’s technology, identify potential limiting factors and analyse its charging requirements in order to facilitate the mass market rollout of vehicles of this nature in Spain in the near term.
During the pilot period, Gamesa will share the data compiled during the vehicle’s test drives regarding the car’s technology and energy saving performance with Toyota Spain in order to furnish information for the Movele initiative, coordinated by the IDAE (acronym in Spanish for the institute for energy diversification and savings), of which Toyota is a member. This initiative is working on demonstrating the technical, energy and financial viability of this class of cars.
Gamesa is committed to ‘green’ mobility under the umbrella of its technology diversification strategy.
The company is working on delevoping charging stations for electric vehicles. Manufacture of these stations at Gamesa Electric’s electric components factory in Valencia got underway this year. In fact charging stations are already in place in Valencia and at the head office in Madrid. Moreover, the company has already signed a charging station supply and marketing agreement with Iberdrola and is currently holding talks with other sector heavyweights.
Through Gamesa Venture Capital, the company has an interest in Spanish high-tech start-up N2S, a specialist provider of smart energy management services. N2S has developed a real-time smart management platform for electric vehicle charging infrastructure which is marketed under the trade name POWER2DRIVE. This system can accommodate and integrate all charging station makers in the market.