Barcelona has a growing privately-owned fleet of electric vehicles, cars and motorcycles that benefit from the facilities offered by the city, such as its 300 public recharging points that are free to use and found at a number of stations in every city district. However, you don't need to own an electric vehicle in order use electric transport. People who use public transport also use sustainable mobility every time they get on a tram, and also when they ride on a bus, because the city has the cleanest bus fleet in Europe, including hybrid and compressed-natural-gas vehicles.
Taxis have also joined the sustainable mobility effort: Barcelona is leading the introduction of electric taxis and is currently working towards the introduction of a new way of renting cars, based on car sharing, using 100% electric vehicles. The city is also a pioneer in the field of private vehicles: There are 150 recharging points especially for electric motorbikes.
Why electric vehicles?
Because they do not pollute the air and they help to lower CO2 emissions and noise pollution. Because the network of recharging points is already up and running: it's the electric grid. Because in the near future, electric vehicles will be able to store renewable energy, which can then be distributed to and used by other areas, such as private homes. And because its development means fostering and activating new economies and added-value industries.