A new way of looking at things

Now that we are in the summer season, and surely motivated by the new outbreaks of COVID-19, many of us will be opting to travel medium and long distances by car, especially avoiding airplanes, in order to have more control over our trip and be able to return home whenever we wish if we have to change our plans more or less suddenly.

Brought about by the pandemic, this change of attitude actually has certain parallels with the different ways we think about our mobility habits. And one of these changes certainly involves adopting electric mobility, which is key to combating climate change and achieving the goals framed within the energy transition.

More responsible driving, in every sense

Due to its characteristics and mechanics, an electric car cannot be driven in the same way as a combustion engine car. In order to get the most out of it and make the best use of it, it’s essential to understand how it works and how to drive it. Whatever the journey you want to make, you must always take into account how to make the most of the vehicle’s range, therefore encouraging efficient driving. Smarter, smoother, safer and for many, more fun. More conscientious driving. More responsible.

In this sense, on trips like the ones people make in summer, for example, we’re compelled to plan routes differently, the stops for recharging are necessarily longer and this allows us to take breaks that are more beneficial in terms of safety, and allows us to enjoy and experience the journey in a different way, to better enjoy the road and the company.

Committed to electric vehicles

The industry and the administrations have a lot to improve and a lot to do to implement more and better EV charging networks. There are 5,000 charging points in Spain, 4 times fewer than in France and 5 times fewer than in Germany. Here there’s one charging point for every 134 km of roads, while in France there’s one for every 42 km and one for every 25 km in Germany.

Despite the comparisons (comparisons are odious), we’re on the right track. The automotive industry is already working hard to apply the necessary technological advances to improve the performance, charging and range of electric vehicles. We at Hispano Suiza have recently joined ANFAC (Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers), which has wisely reoriented itself to meet the challenges of its Auto Plan 2020-40, the roadmap it has designed to address the transformation of the automotive industry towards the new mobility industry, and which works to meet the targets of the European Green Deal for the decarbonization of the vehicle fleet and for digitalization.

I’ve appropriated a phrase by Henry Miller that nicely sums up in a few words what the journey towards 360º sustainable mobility means: “one’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things”.

 

Sergio Martínez Campos

CEO, Hispano Suiza