BY next year Malaga city will have 20 charging stations for electric cars.
The charge points are part of the Smart Community System, a Japanese government initiative involving a four-year investment of €60 million by Spanish and Japanese firms.
The project complements municipal plans to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by at least 20 per cent by 2020.
The first of the charging stations are expected to arrive from Japan in October although the preliminary viability study for their distribution will not be ready until the end of the year, said Environment councillor, Ana Navarro.
Sites have already been designated and SmartCity’s will probably be located at the Martin Carpena Sports Complex, the Trade Fair and Conference Centre, the Materno Infantil hospital, Calle Miguel Bueno Lara, Ciudad Jardin, Avenida de las Americas, the School of Engineering at the Teatines campus or the Hospital Clinico Universiario.
Likely choices for the council’s stations include the former Tabacalera building, the Ayuntamiento, the Hospital Noble, the EMT transport headquarters, four of the city’s municipal car parks and the Urban Planning Office.
The council also hopes to select an “emblematic” in the Plaza de la Marina.