E – rental cars are rarely booked in Europe

According to the booking platform Billiger-Mietwagen.de, the proportion of electric cars in car rentals in Europe is still very small: “The proportion of all bookings is 0.22 percent,” the company said on Saturday. In the past twelve months, customers have only booked around 2,500 electric rental car days via the platform – 77 percent of them in Spain, 10 percent in France and 2 percent in Germany.

“Preference is given to booking combustion engines, as these are increasingly available from the providers and the modalities of refueling are familiar worldwide.” In the USA, Spain and Germany there is now a presentable range of battery-powered rental cars. But the rent is usually more expensive than that of a petrol or diesel vehicle, said Billiger-Mietwagen spokesman Frieder Bechtel. And many vacationers would not want to look for charging stations and put up with long charging times.

Highest demand on Mallorca

The demand is still highest in Mallorca. The Balearic Islands have done a lot to expand the charging infrastructure: there are reserved parking spaces at attractive tourist destinations, such as in front of a museum or at the town hall, where electric cars can charge for free. The number of cars on the island of Formentera is limited – but electric cars are exempt from the quota.

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