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Aena will install 1,500 electric car charging points in Barajas and El Prat

Date: March 28, 2023 Time: 08:07:35

Despite being a transit point with significant vehicle traffic, public electric chargers have not yet arrived at the airports. The inevitable expansion of the electric car is forcing infrastructures to adapt their facilities to offer the services demanded by their users. And since the mobility of the future is already here, Aena has started an essential part of its 2021-2030 Climate Action Plan, which sets the electrification of its public car parks as a priority investment.

To understand why the airport manager encourages this type of facility, all you have to do is take a look at the current data. Madrid airport, with nearly 28,000 parking spaces available, barely has 15 chargers installed, and they are widely distributed among its different terminals. The same situation occurs in Barcelona, ​​which despite having more than 20,000 parking spaces, recharging points are limited to 27 (21 in Terminal 1, 4 in T2 and 2 in the long-stay terminal), according to the figures provided by the Electromaps portal.

The first aerodrome to receive these new chargers will be the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, which will have 855 new charging points starting next year in the different car parks that serve its four terminals. The charging points will be located in the car parks called “P1”, “P2”, “P4” and the long-stay car park that serves terminals 1, 2 and 3 of the Madrid airport, as well as in other spaces for subscribers. , Aena personnel and companies located in the area around the facility.

The winner of the tender published by Aena to install these chargers was Comsa Instalaciones y Servicios Industriales, which will be in charge of executing the civil works, the assembly of the necessary equipment, the electrical supply or the start-up of the system for a total amount close to to 6.9 million euros. The construction company, which has just launched its own subsidiary dedicated to the development of energy solutions, was awarded the contract after offering a significant reduction on the 10.9 million initially budgeted by the semi-public company.

Also in Barcelona

Comsa also won the contract to install chargers at El Prat airport in exchange for just over 8 million euros, three less than initially budgeted. The Catalan facility will have 688 new charging points that will be located in car parks around Terminals 1 and 2, the long-stay area and the Cargopack area.

With the installation in the two large airports of the national network, Aena formalizes the start of its plan for the implementation of charging points in airports, which includes the location of 2,000 chargers in the car parks of 32 facilities under its management in Spain. It does so as a consequence of the new Climate Change Law and current Spanish regulations, which require a minimum of one charging station for every 40 available parking spaces.

The charging points to be installed in both airports will have different powers: there will be fast charging (50 kW), semi-fast (22 kW), slow (11 kW) and single-phase 3.7 kW. In both cases, the maximum date for its commissioning should be February 2024. Ibiza, where Aena has just signed the corresponding contract.

The State does its part to meet its objectives

In this way, the companies of the state public sector accelerate the provision of this type of facilities to try to meet the milestone set of reaching 100,000 charging points by the end of 2023, and of which even the Minister of Finance herself, María Jesús Montero assumes that it is far from being fulfilled. The data revealed by the Anfac employers estimate the availability of chargers at barely 20% of that figure.

To try to disguise the figures, public entities are activating their own charger installation plans, such as Adif, which recently announced the installation of 1,000 more chargers in eighty stations on its network. The final objective is that Spain approaches the figures proposed by Brussels, which set the ratio at one charger for every ten parking spaces.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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