A charging point for ordinary vehicles, this one in Ciutadella, Minorca. | Archive

The energy and transport ministry is to present a project for electric vehicle charging points to be paid for with tourist tax revenue. The aim, according to President Armengol, is for the whole of the Balearics to be covered with charging points when the transition to renewable energies takes place.

Within the context of European Mobility Week, Armengol referred yesterday to the need for a sustainable model of mobility for which it is important that there are policies that are environmentally appropriate for the limited Balearic territory.

At present there are 300 charging points and by next year the transport ministry will have invested 1.5 million euros in subsiding town hall installation of points.

As for public transport, tests of electric buses started last month. When the new concessions for operating the bus network services are granted (to start in January 2019), electric buses will be among the requirements. There has to therefore be a system to supply these, and it is this application for which the project the ministry is seeking tourist tax funding. Pantograph systems for electric charging cost around 200,000 euros for each one. Six are initially being envisaged.