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Encouraging the use of electric vehicles

The role of institutions is crucial to move towards to mobility with lower power consumption and low emissions. Below, you will find a list with some best practices applied by Spanish cities that discriminate positively electric vehicle (EV) over other motorized vehicles, thereby encouraging their use in urban transport to achieve a more sustainable mobility.

What can you do?


  • Guarantee a space assigned for EV charging.
  • Free parking for residents (annual fee exemption).
  • Parking at €0 rate in any restricted area of the city (Green zone or Blue zone), based on the regulating criteria of the tax ordinances of each municipality.
  • Bonus on energy recharging in public charging points at ground level and underground parking.

Preferred circulation

  • Allow electric vehicles circulates on the BUS-HOV lanes at any time
  • Allow the use of electric vehicles on urban roads restricted to traffic (e.g. Historic and City Centre, etc.).

Loading and unloading goods

As for the loading and unloading of goods using EV, urban advantages are aimed to preferences of circulation and expansion of permitted hours to perform the operations at the points provided for this purpose.

Mechanical traction vehicles tax

Promote reductions of up to 75% on the annual tax for mechanical traction vehicles

What is being implemented?


Owners of electric vehicles are allowed to park free in green zones without paying the annual fee in addition to preferential flow through BUS-HOV lanes, as well as a 25% discount on some tolls. It also encourages the park&​ride with the implementation of charging stations for electric vehicles in rail and road exchangers’ network. More info: LIVE.

La Coruña

Corridor of 15 charging points located in blue zone parking areas reserved exclusively for EV and free of charge.


Electric vehicles can acquire a distinctive that allows parking in blue and green zones without time limit, provided that it is not prohibited by any general or particular standard. The registration rebate of 75% tax bonus for electric and hybrid vehicles is for the first six years, from which 100% of the tax is paid. Furthermore, EV owners benefit from using BUS/HOV lanes to access the city. More info: Movilidad Eléctrica Madrid.


The only type of utility vehicle that has access to the historic city centre is an EV. The municipality has ordered the use of EV for loading and unloading of goods that run from the Urban Ecological Distribution Centre (CUDE in Spanish), which redistributed goods among shops at the historic centre.


With the aim to protect the historic areas, the municipality has prohibited access to all vehicles to the restricted areas for longer than 45 minutes without need of accreditation or authorization, while EV does not have any access restriction, being able to remain in the area indefinite time. The time control is performed by a surveillance system.


Se ha inaugurado una infraestructura de recarga en los intercambiadores TITSA de Santa Cruz (8 PR) y La Laguna (4PR) cuya recarga es totalmente gratuita, a excepción del parking. Sin embargo, si dejan el VE cargando y utilizan el transporte urbano o interurbano, disponen hasta de 4-6h (dependiendo el caso) de estancia gratuita dentro del parking. También otros puntos de recarga pública/privada se han instalado en el resto de la isla. Para más información, Canarias te Recarga.