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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hybrid cars are the official transport of APEC Chile 2019

A total of 619 vehicles will transport the leaders, ministers and senior officials of the 21 economies that comprise the largest economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region over the course of APEC Chile 2019.

The official unveiling of the fleet of hybrid and conventional Hyundai vehicles that will transport the leaders, ministers and senior officials of the 21 APEC economies during this year's activities was held at Plaza de la Constitución and was attended by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Carolina Valdivia.

APEC Chile 2019 has an agenda of meetings to be held throughout the entire country. From north to south, thousands of delegates move to participate in the activities and workshops of the event, so APEC Chile has opted for the use of hybrid vehicles to mobilize delegates and forum authorities, among which are High Representatives, Ministers and Leaders

A total of 619 vehicles has been provided, that seek greater consideration with the environment through clean technologies. The goal is to achieve greater energy efficiency through lower fuel consumption and a reduction in the emission of harmful gases.

This is the first time that many hybrid cars have been included in such a fleet. Opting for this alternative form of transport follows the line of work of the APEC Chile 2019 Sustainable Growth priority, which includes the promotion of the use of new types of energy, among other initiatives.

Hyundai has participated similar events since 1996, when the company's vehicles were chosen as the official means of transport of the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government. This was followed by meetings such as the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in 2003; APEC 2004; the CELAC and EU-CELAC Summits in 2013; the visit of Pope Francis in 2018; and the last five presidential changes in command in Chile, accompanying Presidents Ricardo Lagos, Michelle Bachelet and Sebastián Piñera.

The vehicles will be chauffeured by cadets of the Carabineros de Chile police force so as not to infringe on the institution's daily work of protecting the country's citizens.