What was given is over. Barcelona will begin to charge for the use of your points charging for electric cars starting January 18. Barcelona has 500 municipally owned charging points in the Endolla network.
Spread throughout the city, they are both on the street and in the municipal car parks managed by B: SM (Barcelona Serveis Municipals). Some are slow charging and others fast charging (up to 50 kW). But they all have something in common: they are free, even in car parks where you only have to pay for the parking, not the charge.
After several years of being free, the Barcelona City Council has decided to charge electric car users for recharging their vehicles at municipal points in the city. The measure will come into effect on January 18, according to betevé.
The price will vary depending on the type of vehicle connected (whether it is a motorcycle or a car), the type of user and the frequency with which the charging points are used. It will also vary depending on whether an annual subscription has been purchased, whether for private or professional, and the time it is recharged.
A complex tariff system to be able to recharge the electric car
But be careful, the annual payment of 50 euros for an individual (25 euros the first year) and 100 euros for a professional (50 euros the first year) not a flat rateInstead, it gives the right to a discount on hourly rates with respect to a sporadic user, that is, without an annual subscription.
Then, the cost of recharging will fluctuate depending on the rate chosen, between € 0.22 / kWh and € 0.49 / kWh. But it will also be different depending on the time and the place chosen. Thus, it will be cheaper at night than during the day, but there will also be places that are more expensive than others, the rate will be lower at the points located in the car parks, after all, you already pay for parking.
This rate system is extremely complex and is not always cheaper than a quick recharge at a gas station, whose average price is 0.45 euros per kWh.
Sources of the public company defend that the rates set are “at a reasonable and competitive price” and highlight the need to charge for the energy supplied to “guarantee efficient use of the infrastructure and cover the investment for the deployment of the network , as well as its correct operation and maintenance ”.
Until now, users of electric cars and plug-in hybrids with a ZERO label from the DGT had certain advantages in the city of Barcelona. One of them, the free recharge, will go down in history. For now, the possibility of free parking in blue zone and with a very reduced rate in the green area for residents when you are not a resident of the area.
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