Automotive sector is excited about the potential new market that Almeria will offer when the driving licence for children aged 16-17 years old is released. There are more than 16,000 people in this age group in the province, which could make them potential customers. This initiative is part of the 2030 Road Safety Strategy of Spain, announced by Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Minister of Interior.
Francisco Alonso is president of the Provincial Association of Automobile Dealers and Vehicle Repair Workshops of Almeria. He believes that it will benefit society overall if minors are able to learn driving skills as soon as they can. He believes that we should all recycle ourselves periodically because rules change and new mobility tools are available, such as scooters or bikes.
He believes that the European authorities are leading the charge on the topic of electric cars. This means that in many cases the Law is ahead of brands and infrastructures. He adds that they are slower in Spain (which is in the South of Europe) and Almeria (which is in the South of the South).
This refers to, for instance, the existence of chargers that charge these vehicles. Their autonomy is also lower than those that use fossil fuels. It also affects the charging speed which can make trips and work days more difficult.
This is not to mention the fact that "there are very few manufacturers of this type microcars at the moment." "Some Renault and Citroen models, specialized brands like Aixam, and, most importantly, the Japanese, because it's a vehicle that's well-established in the Asian market such as Toyota, Suzuki, or Mazda", but not much else.
Additionally, while I believe that the price will rise, for the moment they are more costly and not within reach of all pockets. They also have a lower buying power, so children younger than 16 years old and those with less purchasing power are unlikely to buy them. Alonso, speaking on behalf of the sector asks that taxes on these types of vehicles be reduced.