Costa Blanca takes the lead with hybrid cars

INCREASE: Almost 400 charging points across Alicante. Photo credit: Juan Vicente Wikimedia

THERE are more and more places across the Alicante Province where owners of electric and hybrid cars can charge their vehicles.

This is in response to the increase of such cars being registered over the past 12 months where they have tripled.  Figures for the first seven months of 2018 have already exceeded those for the entire year of 2017.

According to data from the Spanish Directorate of Traffic (DGT) from January to July, there were 144 of this type of car registered in the province compared to just 57 last year.  Throughout 2017, the overall total was 135.

Jose Company, an Alicante representative of the Association of Users of Electric Vehicles (AUVE), said that although sales are on the rise, “they are not at levels as we could like.”  He believes this is due to a lack of infrastructure as well as information about the advantages of owning this type of car.

Across the province, there are 398 recharge points with the cities of Alicante and Elche having 60 between them, although these are mainly in service stations as opposed to those dotted around the streets.  In Benidorm, there are four points with plans to increase that number to seven in due course.

Orihuela plans an extra six points in both the city centre and on the Orihuela Costa; San Vicente has a number located on the University of Alicante campus.

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