Toyota partnership to develop Spanish recharging infrastructure
As a data-gathering exercise, Gamesa will use a Prius Plug-in on its fleet for six months, identifying limiting factors and its charging requirements in urban locations and at one of its wind farms. The company will then feed information about its energy-saving potential back to Toyota.
In turn, this will be provided to the Movele initiative, of which Toyota is a member. Co-ordinated by the Spanish institute for energy diversification and savings (IDEA), it aims to demonstrate the financial viability, energy savings and technical aspects of plug-in vehicles.
David Mesonero, Gamesa's director of corporate development, said: ‘These energy efficient cars with their reduced carbon footprints can and must contribute short and medium term to the energy saving and environmental protection imperative and to verifying the enormous synergies between wind energy and green mobility.’
Gamesa began building its own charging points earlier this year at its electrical components factory in Valencia, and has installed them at the factory and its headquarters in Madrid. The company is also working on an energy management programme to avoid grid overload from EV charging.