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BlueMobility: “first smart grid for electric vehicle recharging in Spain”

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The Spanish company BlueMobility will install recharging stations “in public car parks and institutions, in companies and shopping centres, airports, filling stations and at the roadside to enable users to recharge their cars while they are at work, doing the shopping or at home”. The company’s aim is to make its home province, Galicia in northern Spain, “a market leader in electric mobility.

BlueMobility is a joint venture of two companies: the retail giant El Corte Inglés and the Galician Automotive technology Centre (CTAG), and was incorporated with a clear mission “to position Galicia as a market leader in electric mobility”. BlueMobility, which is based in Vigo, defines its principal activity as “technological research and development and the manufacture and commercialisation of smart grids for electric and hybrid vehicle recharging” and has the objective of effectively rolling out sustainable transport in Galicia and throughout Spain.

In a recent presentation, BlueMobility’s president, Alberto Casal, said: “Each recharging station will be able to supply enough energy in an hour to travel a minimum of 100 kilometres, although in the near future, rapid recharging in ‘electrolineras’ [electric stations] will also be possible in 10 to 15 minutes”. BlueMobility will manufacture, commercialise, maintain and manage the recharging points that will comprise what has been described as “the first smart grid for electric vehicle recharging in Spain”.

The players

BlueMobility was incorporated with a share capital of €210,000 by a group of professionals with extensive experience in the automotive sector. Its mission is “to become a leading company in Europe in the development of electric mobility infrastructures, systems and other assets by 2015”.

CTAG’s objective is “to promote the competitiveness of companies in the automotive sector through R&D&I of both products and processes”. The CTAG Foundation was established as part of the Galician Automotive Company Cluster (Ceaga) to which BlueMobility belongs. It has a workforce of 250 people and “several laboratories for conducting research in the fields in which it operates”.

The principal activities of Informática El Corte Inglés S.A. (Iecisa) are “the distribution of IT products and solutions and consultancy and integration of IT systems, business solutions, and outsourcing”. lecisa has an extensive network of branches throughout Spain and offices in Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. It also has four software plants and technology centres providing services around the globe.

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