Under the collaboration agreement signed by the two companies, Toyota Spain is lending Gamesa a Prius Plug In hybrid vehicle for six months for evaluation.
Gamesa will test the car at a wind farm and in an urban environment, putting the technology through its paces and looking in detail at the charging requirements.
The Spanish turbine manufacturer will share the data on the car’s energy saving performance with Toyota Spain, which will in turn feed the information back into the Movele initiative looking at the viability of electric hybrids that is being coordinated by the Spanish Institute for Alternative Energy.
The agreement is also expected to help Gamesa’s effort to develop its own charging station for electric vehicles, which it started manufacturing at its Valencia electric components factory earlier this year.
It has entered into a charging station supply and marketing agreement with fellow Spanish renewables developer Iberdrola and is in talks with other players in the sector.
“These energy efficient cars with their reduced carbon footprints can and must contribute short and medium term to the energy saving and environmental protection imperative and to verifying the enormous synergies between wind energy and green mobility,” says Gamesa’s David Mesonero.
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