The Spanish government has said that it will be investing 4.3 billion euros ($5.1 billion) from its share of European pandemic recovery funds to revamp and boost its automobile industry. Spain aims to steer the manufacturing of electric vehicles (EV) and their components, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated. He also said that this investment will be a real revolution for the Spanish economy, which will bring an estimated 19 billion euros ($22.5 billion) in additional private investment.
Spain’s left-wing coalition government is aiming to inject the money in various automobile segments like the car manufacturing chain, from lithium extraction to electric battery cell assembly lines. The country plans to transform Spain's automobile sector with the 140 billion euros ($166 billion) that the country is expected to receive in the next six years from the EU's Next Generation funds.
The Spanish Cabinet is set to approve the automobile plan. With this the automobile companies will be able to apply for funding immediately after, with the first disbursements, which is expected to arrive in September.The Prime Minister also said that the country is investing one billion euros in electric vehicle manufacturing unit and another billion euros will go to install new public electric plug-in points.