The government has been promising new charging points.

04-09-2013Sebastian Kahnert - EFE - EPA/DP

The Balearic government has been told that its insistence on a percentage of hire cars being electric will be impossible to comply with in the short term.

The presidents of the regional and national car-rental firms associations have met the minister for energy transition, Juan Pedro Yllanes, and asked for there to be a "moratorium" this year on the requirement for electric vehicles. The percentages, due to rise over the years, were set out in the Balearics climate change legislation, and Yllanes's response to the request is said to have been a "resounding no".

Antoni Masferrer, president of Baleval, the regional association, said that there is currently a clear lack of electric charging points in the principal tourism areas. He pointed out to Yllanes that the government had promised to undertake a 2019-2022 plan for new points at a cost of ten million euros. Masferrer suggested that the government is not sticking to this plan.

In addition, the government has apparently failed to meet a commitment to constitute an expert commission to oversee the transition to electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. Motor manufacturers, meanwhile, are at present unable to supply a sufficient number of vehicles.

Masferrer stated that all that Baleval and Feneval (the national association) are saying is that, in the absence of sufficient and available charging points in the Balearics, especially in tourist resorts, it will be impossible to meet the legislation's requirements this year and for at least the next two years.

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Adam Ostenfeld / Hace about 1 month

Its a Complicated issue and for sure every one has there view point with respect to this however Sorry but Spain is not known for investing in infrastructure let alone have places with qualified people who are able to fix these cars when they have problems , with respect to charging points possibly it would be best or an idea to have mobile charging stations which could be stored and serviced in the winter could be used and positioned close to where the most of these vehicles are rented , but I'm not optimistic as the government usually dose nothing about trying to really solve problems and I think we will see a great many of these stranded on the road in the summer .

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Bob / Hace about 1 month

If the municipal councils organised a Zip Car type setup where there were 5 electric cars dotted around each key town then folks could use those instead of having hundreds of rusted out Seats clogging the streets...

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Stan / Hace about 1 month

There are the Hybrid Versions. Self charging Vehicles. This Island is approximately 100 Miles Square. Surely not a lot of charging points are needed. Points are being installed in Main Car Parks. Already 2 in Cala Millor. Reducing the number of hire cars is a priority for the Island, and the traffic chaos they cause. MAKE BUS TRAVEL FREE AND AVAILABLE OVER THE WHOLE ISLAND.!!!

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Mike / Hace about 1 month

You can’t even guarantee electricity to people’s homes 🏠 so charging vehicles 🚗 is a non starter the national grid on Majorca is a joke

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