The current market climate in the automotive sector demonstrates a need for implementing new technologies that reduce dependence on petroleum and, most importantly, minimise pollution. There is a growing consciousness on the part of the consumer who wants to try to make their environmental impact as small as possible. This is why for a long time now the automobile industry and local governments have already been working on alternatives like hybrid vehicles and completely electric cars as a way to face the challenges of research, development and innovation involved with these types of vehicles.
The Ministry of Industry predicts that by the year 2020 around 250,000 vehicles incorporating this technology will be manufactured in Spain, all of which implies changes in the vehicles as well as certain infrastructures to be able to host this production. The different issues around recharge points, improvements in energy storage technology as well as legal issues like who pays for charging in housing communities have to be solved. All of these issues are on the table and the demand is imminent. In this sector there are already many instances of collaboration with engineers from other countries where they have more experience with this type of specialised vehicle.
Currently, and in parallel with the recovery of the automotive industry, are being launched to the market the first hybrid and electric generation models covering all segments. In the automotive sector and has begun a collaboration with hitherto little companies related to the sector, collaboration requires adaptation by professionals and the arrival of new training profiles. To complement this, the appearance of these vehicles requires the adaptation of existing infrastructure as well as the current mobility policies.