Iberdrola announced March 13 that it has recently signed an agreement with the city council of Pamplona, which is in northern Spain in the autonomous community of Navarre, to provide the general public with a “straightforward and affordable” electric vehicle (EV) hourly rental system, or car sharing.

According to the company, Iberdrola was the first in Spain to set up a public car-sharing scheme, which is currently active in the province of Guipúzcoa.

The company is collaborating with various Spanish public administrations to promote continued roll-out of EV car sharing. It has entered into agreements with the following regions: Castile and León, Valencia, the Basque Country, Murcia, Madrid, Andalusia, Catalonia and Extremadura. It is also cooperating with other administrations at the national, regional, provincial and local levels, according to the company. 

Iberdrola has recently completed the process to qualify as a “recharging manager for electric vehicles,” having officially notified the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade that it has installed more than 100 EV charging stations throughout major Spanish cities. Under the auspices of its “Green Mobility Plan,” Iberdrola plans to significantly increase this number of stations it manages in the coming years.

In the framework of its commitment to developing this kind of mobility, the company says it plans to launch new commercial charging solutions for EVs, adapted to the various segments in the market: corporate fleets, car parks and private individuals.

Iberdrola’s Green Mobility Solution, which was launched in 2010, provides customers with the possibility to buy an EV, a 100% renewable energy supply, and the systems and services required to charge the vehicle.

As well, as part of its plan to gradually increase the electrification of its corporate fleet, Iberdrola has set up an EV car-sharing service for its employees. More than 300 professionals in six Spanish cities use this type of vehicle for their work-related urban travel.

Iberdrola has also entered into collaboration agreements with vehicle manufacturers, such as Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Opel. It is also a participant in demonstrative projects, such as Green eMotion, a four-year initiative set up by the European Commission to promote electrical mobility; the Cenit Verde project along with Seat, which focuses on developing Spanish technology for this mode of transport; and Merge, which studies the impact of integrating these cars into the current and future distribution networks.