EcoRallye: a 100% electric Mallorca
Cross Mallorca from one end to the other without consuming fuel, emission-free and in absolute silence. This will be the challenge of the EcoRallye organised by Endesa. Its participants tell us about their experience.
“Any visitor to Mallorca can now travel around the island by car, getting about using only electricity.” This is the conclusion drawn by vlogger Saúl López, co-founder of the Tesla Spain club: his YouTube channel, specialising in electric cars, has already received half a million visits. He made this statement in one of his videos after experiencing the EcoRallye with Endesa.
A number of “influencers” participated in this peculiar Mallorcan competition, in which the winner is not the car that reaches the finish line first, but rather the car that consumes the least energy: driving a next-generation Nissan Leaf, the participants had to complete a route of 180 kilometres, lined with the six quick charging points that Endesa has distributed throughout the island and which are separated by no more than 30 kilometres. The challenge: they could only use four. Depending on the car model, half an hour could be enough to charge batteries up to 80%. Bearing in mind the range of the current electric vehicles, with this solution it is possible to travel around the entire island without emissions and without consuming a single drop of fuel. Additionally, there is an application for you to manage the remaining mileage, consumption, etc., from your smartphone.
Endesa’s ecaR project, aimed at ensuring that mobility through the island’s natural landscapes is more sustainable than ever, includes an alliance with two car rental companies: Goldcar and Hertz. The rental price includes free recharging at Endesa’s charging points. “We have more than 200 ‘eco’ vehicles in our fleet, either electric or hybrid,” says the Director of eCommerce at Goldcar, who also participated in the EcoRallye, adding: “The ecaR project promoted by Endesa makes Mallorca a benchmark destination in terms of mobility.”
-José M. Rabadán
“It is the way to promote environmentally responsible tourism and convert the planet into a sustainable world.”
-José M. Rabadán
The director of the online publication Electromobility, José M. Rabadán, made the following comments after the EcoRallye experience: “Endesa wanted to take advantage of the great opportunity that the islands presented to develop projects of this kind due to the short distances involved and which, above all, are an opportunity to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels.” He adds: “It is the way to promote environmentally responsible tourism and convert the planet into a sustainable world.” I was able to travel around Mallorca in an electric vehicle without any problem, and this is something 100% recommendable.“
After the EcoRallye event, an Endesa spokesperson explained to us that the 50 employees that the company has on the island always get around in electric cars and some have not used a fuel-powered car for seven years. Sergio Fernández, of Electriccarforum, was so pleased with the experience that he posted the following in his blog after the EcoRallye: “I wish we could enjoy this experience in other parts of Spain.”