When we go on holiday, we tend to seek out a destination where we can wind down and get away from all the stress of everyday life. Electric cars can be a superb way of boosting your wellbeing during these breaks.
Whether you have decided to travel far away or else opted for an island closer to home, you will most likely have to leave your car at home and take a plane. If you want to move around as you please, without having to depend on other systems of transport, you will need to hire a car. Public institutions and private businesses are promoting initiatives to try and encourage visitors to hire an electric car while they are away.
If, for example, you have chosen to travel to the Balearic Islands, there are private car-hire companies with electric vehicles, like Ok rent a car, whose fleet includes the fully electric Nissan Leaf model, available at a daily or monthly rate. Among the benefits that it offers, it costs just 1 euro to run per 100 km, it can be parked free of charge in public ORA parking spaces, and it has free access to charge points in the car parks of some hotels. Another company operating in the Balearics is the motorbike-hire company Cooltra. Its scooters include electric ones, which you can hire on a long-term basis if you wish.
Important initiatives are also being set in motion at a public level in the Balearics. The island of Formentera aspires to be the first island in Europe to have a fully electric fleet of vehicles. The island authorities are planning to limit the number of pollutant vehicles. The end goal is to replace the 15,000 cars and motorbikes that can be found on the island’s roads in summer for electric or hybrid vehicles. Formentera already has 12 charge points with a capacity for 32 vehicles. There are also 132 kilometres of routes on the island which are only available to non-pollutant cars.
Whether you are travelling from or to Barcelona on holiday, hiring an electric vehicle can be a very smart move. If you have decided to spend a few days in Barcelona, part-time access to a zero-emission private vehicle is easy. A few weeks ago, we summarized the main two-wheeled alternatives in this article. In contrast, if you want to travel long distances or simply prefer the convenience of a four-wheeled vehicle, there are lots of places to hire an electric car in Barcelona. Vehicles can be rented by the day or hour from the Andorra-based company IfRenting, mainly known for its fleet of Renault Twizy. Alternatively, you can use one of the more traditional rent-a-car companies, like Europcar, whose fleet includes the hybrid Audi e-Tron, or the German company Sixt, where you can choose between the Nissan Leaf or BMW i3, two fully electric models. As their advertising suggests, hiring one of these vehicles is a very good way of finding out what a comfortable electric car is like. Another interesting platform is Barcelona Green electric cars, which combines the hire of top-range electric cars (BMW i8, Smart ED Cabrio, different types of Tesla, Renault Zoe, etc.) with the sale of electric scooters and eco-tourism trips. Lastly, mention must also be made of an initiative aimed at offering a more unusual experience. Aperitour Barcelona cero is a 12km guided tour of Barcelona in an electric car, concluding with a drink and snacks at SB Hotel Diagonal Mar Hotel.
To conclude, we would also like to mention two websites that provide a list of businesses throughout Spain specializing in electric mobility. On the one hand, Electromaps can be used to search for businesses offering all kinds of electric vehicles, while motoselecticas.net provides details of businesses selling or renting electric scooters. Users are even offered the chance to test out an electric scooter free of charge.
An electric car is a perfect form of transport at tourist destinations where you just need a vehicle for a few days. Its silent engine and smooth, easy driving system will make holiday travel much more pleasant. In certain places, you will also have exclusive access to unspoilt natural settings, while getting away from city noise and pollution. All these are very good reasons for opting for an electric vehicle as a means of holiday transport.