The project to develop an electric car in Spain has officially kicked off. At the company’s Martorell facilities SEAT gathered the over 100 specialists from companies, Universities and Technological Centres that are participating in the Cenit VERDE initiative. This innovative, strategic project aims to develop the necessary technology and components so that hybrid and electric vehicles can take to the roads in Spain, from batteries and electric engines, to charging systems. The VERDE project is being led by SEAT through its Technical Centre and has a budget of 34 million euros. As well, it is being backed by the CDTI Centre for Industrial Technological Development, which is an organization pertaining to the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Representatives from the 16 companies linked to the project attended the meeting, including Endesa, Iberdrola, REE, Cegasa, Siemens, Ficosa, Circutor, Cobra or Lear, as well as from the 16 Universities and Technological Centres coordinated by the CTM Centre Tecnològic in Manresa, near the city of Barcelona.
The opening meeting of the project was chaired by SEAT Vicepresident for R&D Frank Bekemeier, who was joined by CDTI Director of Industrial Products and Information Society Carlos de la Cruz and CTM Centre Tecnològic Director José Manuel Prado. Bekemeier underlined “the importance this project represents to Spain’s technological development, future perspectives and industrial network. Everyone collaborating on this initiative has accepted one of the most ambitious challenges ever seen in this country”.
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