Half of the local councils on the Balearic Islands now have maintenance for their charging points thanks to an agreement with the IBE

Aug 3, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Half of the local councils in the Balearic Islands already have a maintenance system for electric vehicle charging points, thanks to the agreement signed with the Balearic Energy Institute (IBE), which provides this service. This figure is expected to rise to 70 % with the forthcoming accession of thirteen more local councils, as well as the island councils of Eivissa and Formentera, which are in the process of joining.

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The local entities that have joined or are in the process of joining the IBE are the following:

Algaida, Alcúdia, Andratx, Ariany, Banyalbufar, Búger, Campanet, Consell, Costitx, Deià, Esporles, Felanitx, Inca, Lloret de Vistalegre, Lloseta, Llubí, Llucmajor, Mancor de la Vall, Maria de la Salut, Montuïri, Muro, Petra, Porreres, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Santa Eugènia, Santa Maria del Camí, Sencelles, Ses Salines and Vilafranca de Bonany.

In process: Binissalem, Bunyola, Calvià, Manacor, Marratxí and Selva.

Ciutadella, Maó and Consell Insular de Menorca.

In process: Es Castell, Ferreries and Es Mercadal.

Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Joan de Labritja.

In process: Eivissa, Sant Antoni de Portmany and Sant Josep de sa Talaia, as well as the Consell Insular de Ibiza.

Formentera: in the pipeline.
It should also be noted that the town councils of Alaró and Capdepera have expressed interest in the agreement, and that the town councils of Campos, Palma and Sa Pobla carry out maintenance with their own resources. The rest of the municipalities have not yet joined or have not shown interest.

Details of the agreement

The framework agreement for the maintenance of electric vehicle charging points allows local entities to join the maintenance contract of the Balearic Energy Institute (IBE), which aims to increase the availability of charging equipment and improve its state of conservation. The service provided by the IBE includes preventive maintenance, with regular visits and documentary control of the state of the recharging equipment, as well as the repair of damage. The maintenance service is organised as a unit cost per recharging unit, so that it is the same on the four islands and in all the municipalities of the Balearic Islands, in order to be able to adapt to the evolution of the number of recharging units.

In addition to providing the maintenance service to the participating local entities, the IBE provides all charging point owners with a centralised management system that enables the interoperability of the charging points, as well as a mobile application for accessing the charging points and a 24-hour incident hotline, both of which were launched a few weeks ago and are still in the deployment phase.

It should be remembered that the Balearic Islands currently have a total of 880 public access points, of which more than 70% (628 points) are integrated into the MELIB network. Of these 628 points, 485 are in Mallorca, 59 in Menorca, 70 in Ibiza and 14 in Formentera.