Santander will expand next year’s tax rebate of motor vehicles (road tax) for electric vehicles, bonus from 50% to 100%.

This was announced last week by the mayor of Santander, Iñigo de la Serna, after receiving the first electric car for the City Council for municipal services in addition to the six bikes for the local police.

Speaking to reporters, the official indicated that a study on the City Park would be undertaken to discuss the possibility of adding more power, which would result in savings to the municipal budget, as EVs do not consume gasoline.

As to motor vehicles tax, the mayor said that 50% cut under this year’s ordinances will expand to 100% in the coming year, in a plenary session held in the beginning of 2012.

Also, the City Council is to negotiate with the concessionaire of tax service the exemption of such vehicles from the payment thereof, which would be a further incentive for the acquisition and use of electric cars.

In 2011 only in Spain there been marketed six types of electric vehicles whose market price is around 30,000 euros.

In this sense, De la Serna admitted he wass “all done” although, as pointed out, the expectation is “extensive.” Thus, while the price of these cars is “high”, the investment pays for itself rather than with other vehicles.

The car received the City Council was donated by the Citroen dealer ‘Auto Tires’ of Santander. Its director, Agustin Merino, explained that it is not a marketing action, but are intended to “help out” the Council, which shows “great concern” for renewable energy and attempts to “raise awareness” about its use and importance for “everyone”.

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