Dutchman Otto Poldermans has become the first person in Spain to take delivery of a Tesla EV – and he plans to recharge it using a combination of solar and hydroelectric energy.
Poldermans, who retired to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in 2001, is a founding investor in Solar HydroSolutions, which builds and installs solar equipment to private and commercial customers in Andalusia.
For nearly a decade he has powered his home with photovoltaic panels and turbines on the Rio Chico. His equipment will now also power his Roadster, which he received this weekend.
“I hope that my Tesla catches people’s eye. I want it to teach people that energy all around us and extremely abundant — more than enough to power our homes and our cars,” said Poldermans.
Tesla has delivered about 1,000 Roadsters to customers in 23 countries,including the first deliveries this month in Spain and Ireland.
Spain gets about three per cent of its electricity from solar energy and the Madrid government estimates that 12 per cent of the country’s power will come from renewable sources by the end of this year.
Madrid also offers EV buyers an EUR10,000 rebate on EVs which is topped up by a provincial rebate of EUR5,000. There is also a 75% reduction in annual car tax, free metered parking and free use of the high-occupancy vehicle and bus lanes.
Spain’s EUR8m “Project Movele” will also fund installation of charge stations in Seville, Barcelona and Madrid. The government aims to have 1m electric vehicles in Spain by 2014.