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Friday, July 5, 2019

Chile’s efforts to promote electromobility use

Cars, scooters, bikes and even public transport have all begun to use electromobility technology. New energy sources are being designed to improve our quality of life and Chile is working hard to simplify access to more efficient systems that facilitate economic development.

Chile’s goal is for 100% of its urban public transport to be powered by electricity by 2050. But how does it plan to achieve this? Since 2017, it has been implementing the National Electromobility Strategy. This is a joint initiative between the Ministries of Energy, Transport and the Environment, which establishes guidelines and actions for fostering electrobility.

The plan is designed to benefit the general public through increased energy efficiency, a reduction in polluting emissions, a decrease in noise levels and reduced spending on fuel.

What are the long-term goals?

  • By the end of 2019, there will be 150 public electric charging points for cars 
  • By 2022, the number of electric vehicles will have increased tenfold compared to 2017. 
  • By 2040, 100% of public transport will be electric. 
  • By 2050, 40% of privately owned vehicles will be electric.

This challenge also represents an opportunity for Chile, as increased electromobility use will create openings for professionals, because it will be necessary to train specialist human capital  in these technologies, such as people to install and maintain equipment like charging stations, experts in electric vehicles and car technicians.

In order to progress with this challenge, APEC Chile 2019 has decided to promote three main themes related to electromobility: Promoting innovation, accelerating the use of sustainable transport and updating regulations, that is to say implementing policies and regulations favorable to the entry of new technologies that will generate cheaper energy.

Furthermore, there will be a series of workshops throughout the year targeted at the general public. These will develop ideas about the impact energy has on economic activities, the environment and the wellbeing of society, as well as the supply and generation of energy in remote areas like Aysén and Chiloé. 

This year, APEC has the chance to play a key role in fostering sustainable transport, promoting its deployment and benefits throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. 

Source: APEC, the International Economic Relations Undersecretary’s office, the Energy Ministry, the Transport and Telecommunications Ministry, the Environment Ministry

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