Spain's government aims to have one million electric cars on the roads by 2014 as part of a plan to cut energy consumption and energy imports.

"Electric vehicles are the future and the driver of the industrial revolution," Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian said in testimony to a congressional panel.

Reuters reports that Sebastian recently unveiled government plans to cut energy use by 10% over two years in a bid to save 5 billion euros annually.

"Every time we ease off the accelerator, we boost national income and employment," Sebastian said. "We are facing the third world oil shock."