Electric vehicle drive in Chile

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Chile’s government has forged an agreement with electricity companies, businesses and other public and private stakeholders to promote electromobility.

Key goals for 2021 include doubling the number of electric vehicle (EV) models available compared to those approved the previous year and doubling the number of chargers in public spaces compared to the previous year.

Others are to incorporate EVs in at least 15 public and private organisations and train at least 1,500 people in electromobility.

Promotion of new uses of electromobility also are intended.

“We have the challenge of being carbon neutral by 2050, and here electromobility will play a key role, contributing 20% of the reduction of our emissions,” comments Minister of Energy and Mining, Juan Carlos Jobet.

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“For this reason, the signing of this agreement that has concrete and measurable objectives is a great step, as it shows that there are many interested in collaborating to achieve this goal.”

In Chile approximately 36% of the energy consumption is in the transport sector, almost all of which is fossil-fuel based and is behind the government’s push for emobility. A key focus is public transport with programmes under way to switch to electric buses and taxis.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications indicate almost 800 electric buses operating in the capital Santiago, believed to be one of the largest electric fleets in cities outside China.

During the year the ministry plans to build out electric corridors in other cities, including Temuco, Concepción and Antofagasta.

To support emobility, the Energy Ministry has built out a comprehensive platform with a wide range of information, including data on individual vehicles enabling users to evaluate and compare them.

Chile’s emobility strategy projects more than 5 million EVs on the country’s roads by 2050.