Spain and Portugal sign Green car partnership

During a recent bilateral meeting for the groundbreaking of a cutting-edge cooperation project, the future INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Center), Portugal and Spain also made an announcement concerning the automotive industry.

The two countries want to create the first green car in the Iberian peninsula, hoping to generate 150 million euros worth of investment and 800 new jobs in the region’s motor industry.

Spanish Minister for Industry Joan Clos said that the goal was to build an alternative to the high-polluting vehicles currently on the roads of Spain and Portugal.

“We want to create the technology that will allow us to consume the least amount of gasoline possible,” said Clos. “At this point there are high expectations (for the green car).”

Experts say oil prices close to $100 a barrel make it more attractive to invest in cars that can run on electricity or hydrogen fuel cells.

green-car.jpg The Mobi-green car, as the vehicle is named, is being developed by two automotive research centers in Portugal (CEIIA) and Spain (CTAG) using funds from both the public and private sectors.

The head of Portugal‘s CEIIA research center, Braz Costa, said he hoped to produce a prototype by the end of the year. He said the car’s engine was likely to run on hydrogen fuel cells but an electric engine remained an option.

“Our goal is to create an environmentally friendly car that can be produced with technology from Portugal and Spain,” Costa told Reuters.

We are involving the private sector to take on the challenge of producing the car in the long-run and sell it to consumers,” he said. Costa said demand for green cars would rise as pressure to cut carbon dioxide emissions mounted on governments around the world.

“There is a paradigm shift. There are drastic changes taking place in the economy and the way we view transportation,” said Braz Costa. “When governments decide to charge an environment tax on high-polluting vehicles we are certain drivers will start looking for alternative ways of transportation.”

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4 Comments on “Spain and Portugal sign Green car partnership”


  1. […] 150m EUROS into an effort to create a fuel cell or electric car project called Mobi-green. The governments hopes the partnership will mean new jobs and a prototype will be built by the end of the […]


  2. […] 150m EUROS into an effort to create a fuel cell or electric car project called Mobi-green. The governments hopes the partnership will mean new jobs and a prototype will be built by the end of the […]

  3. Lawrence Says:

    (Sorry, it’s not a comment but a quizz !) It should be helpful to know if your mobi green car will have a good autonomy such as 300 or 500 km (from now on it’s only a few 200 kms). Will it be a “berline” for 4 or 5 people or will it be smaller for two ? I would be interested to know if the Hydrogen will be available in your countries and where exactly. Last, what will be the price ? A nice one or amazingly expensive ?

  4. Jack Jones Says:

    Both Portugal and Spain have similar (latin-based) languages.So why call the proposed vehicle Mobi-Green?
    Wouldn’t Mobi-Verde sound much better? Then it would be a MV MV !!


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