Spain is a country that loves cars. It has a long history of automotive innovation, from the pioneering Hispano-Suiza to the iconic SEAT 600. It also has a strong car industry, with more than 2.8 million vehicles produced in 2019, making it the second-largest car producer in Europe and the eighth in the world.
But Spain is also facing a challenge: reducing its carbon emissions and meeting the European Union's ambitious climate goals. According to the European Environment Agency, transport accounts for 27% of Spain's greenhouse gas emissions, and road transport is the main contributor. To tackle this problem, Spain needs to embrace a new mobility paradigm: electric mobility.
Electric mobility is good for the environment, economy, and society. It can reduce air pollution, noise, and dependence on fossil fuels. It can also create new jobs, boost innovation, and improve competitiveness. And it can offer a better driving experience with more comfort, performance, and convenience.
But electric mobility is not easy to achieve. It requires a lot of investment, infrastructure, and incentives. It also requires a change of mindset, both from consumers and manufacturers. And it requires a range of products that can meet drivers' diverse needs and preferences.
That's where Citroën comes in. The French brand, part of the Stellantis group, has been a pioneer in electric mobility since the 1990s when it launched the first electric version of its Berlingo van. Since then, Citroën has developed a comprehensive range of electric vehicles, from city cars to SUVs, from hatchbacks to vans. And it has done so with its distinctive flair for design, comfort, and innovation.
But Citroën is not only producing electric vehicles for the world. It is also producing them in Spain, for Spain. Citroën has three plants in Spain: Vigo, Madrid, and Zaragoza. And each of them is making 100% electric cars that are conquering the Spanish market.
The electric Citroën ‘made in Spain’
The first electric Citroen 'made in Spain' is the Citroen e-Berlingo Van, a versatile electric van that can be used for both professional and personal purposes. It is produced at the Vigo plant, one of Europe's largest and most advanced car factories. The Citroen ë-Berlingo Van offers a range of up to 171 miles (275 km) on a single charge and can be recharged to 80% in just 30 minutes using a fast charger. It also has a spacious cargo area that can accommodate up to 4.4 m3 of load volume or two Euro pallets and an ergonomic cockpit that features a digital instrument panel and a touchscreen. The Citroen ë-Berlingo Van has been praised in Spain for its practicality, efficiency, and reliability.
The second electric Citroën 'made in Spain' is the ë-C4, a hatchback that blends elegance, dynamism, and comfort. It is produced at the Madrid plant, which has been recently renovated to accommodate the new electric platform. The Citroen ë-C4 offers a range of up to 217 miles (350 km) on a single charge and can be recharged to 80% in just 30 minutes using a fast charger. It also has a powerful electric motor that delivers 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque and an innovative suspension system that absorbs bumps and vibrations. The Citroen e-C4 has been well received in Spain, where it was named the Best Compact Car of 2020 by Coche Global Awards.
The third electric Citroen 'made in Spain' is the Ami, a microcar that redefines urban mobility. It is produced at the Zaragoza plant, which is specialized in small vehicles. The Citroen Ami is a two-seater that measures only 2.41 meters long and weighs only 485 kg. It offers a range of up to 47 miles (75 km) on a single charge and can be recharged in just three hours using a standard socket. It also has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h), which makes it ideal for city driving. The Citroen Ami is not only an electric car but also an accessible car: it can be driven without a license by anyone over 14 years old in Spain. The Citroen Ami is also affordable: it costs only $9,500 (7,990 euros) or $23 (19 euros) per month with a long-term rental option. The Citroen Ami is also a customizable car: it comes in different colors and accessories that can be changed according to the driver's mood. The Ami is a car that challenges the status quo and offers a new way of moving around.
The future of electric mobility in Spain
Citroen is not only making electric cars in Spain but also supporting the development of electric mobility in the country. Citroen offers a range of services and solutions to make electric driving easier and more enjoyable. For instance, Citroën provides a free installation of a home charging point for its customers and access to a network of more than 200,000 public charging points across Europe. Citroën also offers a digital app that allows drivers to monitor and manage their car's battery, charging, and maintenance. And Citroen also offers a mobility guarantee that drivers can always access another vehicle in case of need.
Citroën is also committed to promoting electric mobility in Spain through various initiatives and partnerships. For example, Citroën is collaborating with the Spanish government to support the Plan Moves III, a program that provides subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles. Citroën is also partnering with Zity, a car-sharing service in Madrid and Valencia that exclusively uses electric vehicles, including the ë-Berlingo Van and the Citroen Ami. Citroen is also sponsoring the Electric Marathon, a rally that crosses Europe from Tallinn to Monaco using only electric vehicles.
Citroën is not only a car manufacturer but also a mobility provider. And it is not only a French brand but also a Spanish one. With its electric vehicles 'Made in Spain,' Citroen is electrifying Spain and contributing to a greener and smarter future.
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