As a result of the public-private agreement, 607 electric vehicles were sold in Chile during 2020, bringing the total to almost 1,800 vehicles.
With the aim of helping Chile to achieve its target of carbon neutrality by 2050, Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet has launched a fourth version of the public-private electromobility agreement for 2021. Transportation accounts for more than 36% of the energy currently consumed in Chile. In this context, public and private organizations are being encouraged to make a commitment to undertake actions and projects that will enable electromobility to expand in Chile in the short term.
As detailed in a press release, last year 53 organizations signed up to this agreement. Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet explained that the these commitments are motivated to achieve “ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions with a view to Chile achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, where the transportation sector plays a significant role.”
In addition, Minister Jobet provided details of the advances in this market, which mean more products are now available. “In 2020, 22 models of battery and hybrid electric vehicles with external charging were approved, expanding the range of electric vehicles available and allowing us to increase their number on our streets." A total of 607 electric vehicles were sold last year, including cars and buses, making a total of 1,769 electric vehicles in recent years.
It is hoped that that the organizations that sign the agreement will adhere to one (or more) of the following proposed goals:
- The number of electric vehicle models available to be double that approved last year, that is, 44 new models.
- At least 15 public and private organizations to include electric vehicles in their fleets.
- The number of charging stations available in the public network to be double that of last year.
- Training in electromobility to be provided to at least 1,500 people during 2021.
- New uses of electromobility, such as hydrogen applications, to be promoted.
Assessment of the 2020 agreement
The press release summarizing the achievements from the 2020 agreement highlights the following: the creation of specific financial instruments for investing in electromobility, such as access to BancoEstado's Crédito Verde (green loans); training provided to more than 1,500 people; increased supply of electric vehicles, with 607 units being sold; and a growth in the total number of charging stations through the addition of 104 new ones throughout Chile.
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