Diário Notícias reports that the crisis should not be seen as a threat, but rather as a "break" towards a new path, that of energy independence through the commitment to green and renewable energies.
"Opportunity" was the most heard word in the debate at the Portugal Mobi Summit (PMS) at the Electricity Museum building, in Lisbon, which included the involvement of the mayors of Lisbon and Cascais and the presidents of the companies EDP Comercial, Brisa, Lidl and Fidelidade.
Vera Pinto Pereira, CEO of EDP Comercial, recalled that globally, in this recent period, sales of electric cars have doubled: "In Portugal we are among the 10 European countries with the highest penetration of electric/hybrid vehicles in terms of new vehicles sold and electric vehicles overtook hybrids in this share, at 22%, which is a good sign".
"Today we have a network of 4,000 charging points at national level, which gives a very expressive coverage of the territory, considered good at European level, and the number of users of this network has increased by more than 60% in recent months".
"Today we have more than 1,200 public charging points. The 48 in the 17 service areas of Brisa's motorways are all in operation. And we have been actively working to expand the network", she stressed, not forgetting to mention that "public support of the charging networks is very important". In Spain, she underlined, a new decree-law has been published that obliges to have a charging point for every 40 parking spaces in any public place. "In Spain 10% to 15% of the financing of the shipment comes through public roads".
The Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, also understands that this is "a time of opportunity in the energy transformation sector. Today, at European level, two million people work in car production while there are six million working in green industries".
"It is above all an opportunity for cities, which are the ones that can implement this transformation" with a view to carbon neutrality in 2030.