Chile bans sales of internal combustine vehicles from 2035

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A historic day for Chile as the government announces that it plans to only sell electric vehicles by 2035.

Minister of Energy and Mining Juan Carlos Jobet (Chile) highlighted “Among the concrete actions to accelerate progress towards more efficient, non-polluting vehicles that allow reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, we established that by 2035 100% of the sales of light, medium and public transport vehicles (buses, taxis and collectives), and that large machinery are zero emissions”.

Amongst the activity to publicise the details of the National Electromobility Strategy was Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Gloria Hutt. She echoed the same sentiments as the Minister of Energy and also indicated the importance to electrify public transport.

“The development of electromobility is key to moving towards more sustainable cities, where public transport plays a fundamental role. From the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, we have been promoting this revolutionary change and that is why, within the framework of the metropolitan public transport tender, about a thousand electric buses will be incorporated into the system, completing more than 1,700 buses in circulation. Furthermore, we are advancing with public tenders to implement electric buses in Arica, Antofagasta, Copiapó, Valparaíso, Concepción, Temuco and Puerto Montt ”

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The objective of the Electromobility Strategy is to accelerate the development of electromobility in Chile. Aligned with international goals, best practices and experiences are being acquired at the national level for the massive incorporation of electromobility in the country. That is why the Strategy promoted by the Ministry of Energy establishes that by 2035 only electric cars will be sold.

In this context, the Undersecretary of Energy, Francisco López highlighted that “we have set ourselves ambitious goals, but we are sure that they can be met, since the public and private world are working in a coordinated manner. From the Government, our focus is on regulation and incentives, which will undoubtedly allow the benefits of electromobility to reach all Chileans soon”.

The national strategy to ban ICE in Chile

 So to 2035:

• 100% of light and medium vehicle sales will be zero emissions.

• 100% of the sales of public transport (buses, taxis and collectives) will be zero emissions.

• 100% of the sales of larger mobile machinery, which includes extraction trucks and heavy mining machinery, will be zero emissions.

As of 2040:

• 100% of the sales of minor mobile machinery, which includes construction, agricultural and forestry machinery will be zero emissions

And to 2045:

• 100% of freight transport and intercity bus sales will be zero emissions. We will do this with the support of different initiatives:

• Efficiency standards for new vehicles, implemented in the Energy Efficiency Law.

• Programs to promote long-distance fleets.

• Converting combustion vehicles to electric vehicles. The regulation will be published in November for public consultation.

• New draft of the Energy Transition Law that we will soon enter the congress.

The bill will refer to four topics: Green hydrogen, promotion of Renewable Energies and distributed generation; and to Electromobility. Some of the topics it will incorporate in electromobility are:

– Temporary reduction in the circulation permit for electric vehicles (VE) to favour the purchase of electric vehicles.

– Modification of the distributed generation law to enable the vehicle-to-grid that allows electric vehicles to inject energy and have it valued for them.

Quite a bold leap set by the Minister of Energy and Mining in the Republic of Chile however, a leap that is needed in order to create a sustainable environment. Chile is leading the way, will South Africa and other developing nations follow the example?

To get more information on Chile’s National  Electromobility Strategy.

This article was originally published on ESI Africa.