On August 1, 2025, a ship with 80 cars destined to reinforce the tourist season of the island docks at the port of Palma. The last vehicle to go down the ramp is stuck as soon as it steps on firm ground. No more cars fit on the roads of Mallorca. The authorities decide as an exceptional measure that from now on the journeys are made by public transport, by bicycle or by walk. It takes two days to travel the seventy kilometers that separate the capital from its furthest point. All of a sudden the hostels or village stops that once served farmers and merchants to supply fruits and vegetables to the main markets of Palma are now again full of tourists and residents making a stopover before leaving for Pollença, Manacor, Andratx or Esporles.
The trucks, buses and cars stranded on the highways are recycled in a kind of roadside bars,food trucks , bookstores or markets for the pilgrims of fortune who attend, amazed, to a new architectural order established for not having taken into account that an island is a limited space.
There is no turning back. Or maybe it is.
January 25, 2019. A new mobility model is imposed over the private vehicle. The carsharing, or shared car, comes to Mallorca, solving much of the problems caused by the fact that there are 1.2 vehicles per driver in the city of Palma and that of these, 90% remain parked 22 hours a day.
With the shared car (electric and recharged with 100% renewable energy) the urban mobility model is optimized and, by extension, the rest of the island, reducing the number of vehicles parked in highly populated areas. In addition, the car becomes a service rather than a good (and a burden), combining flexibility and economy, since the costs derived from owning it are included in the final price. It saves time, money and hassles. It reduces the environmental impact caused by fossil fuel cars. The center of the city is more breathable and silent.
Muvon promotes a new way of moving around the island, with electric cars that can be reserved for hours and distributed organically around the historic center.
Image: work by Jeremy Dickinson