The Balearic Islands, which are defying the central Spanish government in Madrid with ambitious plans for clean energy and mobility, have presented plans to ban combustion engines vehicles from the streets of Mallorca and its other islands of Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
The local government said it will be stop new diesel vehicles from taking to the roads from 2025 with gasoline vehicles being banned from 2035. In addition, tourists will be prohibited from coming to the islands with diesel cars from 2025. The stoppages will also affect lorries, although diesel vehicles that are already approved will be able to continue driving after 2025.
The vision is to achieve electric-only mobility in 2050, which the islands expect to be easier than on the mainland because distances are generally shorter, possibly making the target possible earlier.
To support the transition to electric mobility, the Balearic Islands last October announced that in the coming years 500 fast-charging stations will be built – 300 of them on Mallorca alone. The construction will be financed with around 13 million euros from a tourism tax. From 2030, car rental companies will only be able to offer electric cars with a gradual phase-in from 2020, when a quota for electric car rentals will be set at 10%.
The regional government has pushed forward with a proposed climate change law aimed at boosting renewable energy, creating a sustainable tourist destination and supporting local employment. The plan, which hinges on closing a coal-fired power station on Mallorca, puts the region on a potential collision course with the central government because higher energy costs on Spanish islands are currently subsidised through the power bills of all Spanish consumers.