November 7 (Renewables Now) - Spanish utility Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) and Ikea will partner to bring sustainable mobility to sites in Spain of the Swedish furniture retailer, according to a joint statement on Tuesday.
Under a cooperation agreement between the companies, Iberdrola will install over 50 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and supply 100% renewable energy to the stores, logistics centres and corporate buildings of Ikea in Spain. This is in line with the energy company's Sustainable Mobility Plan.
Work under the project commences this month and will be completed in 2019. Ikea’s stores in Málaga, Badalona and Zaragoza will be the first with free electric vehicle charging. Ikea's main offices in San Sebastián de los Reyes and the logistics centre in Tarragona will also get charging stations.
The customers of IKEA will recharge the batteries of their EVs with 100% green energy with a certificate guaranteeing its renewable origin. Iberdrola's Public Charging App will allow EV drivers to locate and book a charging station.
Under its Sustainable Mobility Plan, the energy company wants to install 25,000 charging stations in Spain in four years, and build, this and next year, a network of fast, superfast and ultrafast charging stations, installed every 100 km on the major motorways and corridors of the country. The company has found many partners for the plan, among which BMW, Renault, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Telefónica, Auchan Retail Group Spain, etc.