Portugal’s new Prime Minister is an enthusiastic supporter of EVs

Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa entering a Nissan Leaf

 

António Costa already as Portugal’s Prime Minister, before entering in a blue Nissan Leaf.

 

First I have to say I’m very happy to have a new prime minister that is a big supporter of electric mobility. The former right-wing government (2011-2015) was a huge step back regarding environment. They abandoned the already built charging station network, letting it without maintenance just because it was built by a Socialist government in 2010. The right-wing government also favored Germany luxury cars as official vehicles.

 

António Costa in 2011, at that moment he was the Mayor of Lisbon. His official transportation vehicle was an i-MiEV.

 

António Costa priority is to bring the charging station network back to life. The first step is repairing the charging stations that are broken due to the lack of maintenance.

The next step is to install 50 DC efacec fast charge stations across the country. These 50 DC fast charging stations were bought during the Socialist government in 2010 and only support CHAdeMO, now they have to be upgraded to support AC and CCS. In 2011 with the rise of the right-wing government, the already paid chargers were left locked in a warehouse to gather dust…

Electric cars aren’t the only plan to electrify the mobility in Portugal. Electric bike sharing will be stimulated in major cities and a more modern railroad network is planned.

In Portugal many unnecessary highways were built and car adoption promoted instead of public transportation because Germany had to sell cars. In Portugal, like Greece, many debt related problems we have are due to several corrupt governments that just follow European Union orders that only benefit Germany and their auto industry. I hope the new government supported by the Left Coalition (Socialists, Greens and Communists) doesn’t let me down.

 

 

More info:

http://www.jn.pt/PaginaInicial/Nacional/Interior.aspx?content_id=4904345

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.

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1 Response

  1. Filipe says:

    High hopes… lets wait and see. As an EV enthusiast I also think that we need a push in electric mobility in Portugal and the Portuguese state should take that role with higher responsibility!

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