Increasing ambition through electromobility: New Project in Chile

New Project in Chile launched to increase ambitions to decarbonize transport through electromobility approaches.

Since 2017 the Chilean government is implementing the National Electric Mobility Strategy, which sets an ambitious goal of converting 40% of passenger cars by 2050 and 100% of urban public transport buses to electric vehicles by 2040.

These objectives take on vital importance considering that land transport in Chile is responsible for a third of the country’s energy consumption, which is equivalent to about 20% of Chile’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In the Moving Chile project GIZ supports the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile (MTT) to advance in these goals, through the development of a financing mechanism for e-buses and its subsequent piloting. The financing mechanism is targeted at regional cities to increase the uptake of e-mobility outside of Santiago.

Today, electromobility has arrived in Chile mainly through Red, the public transport system of the city of Santiago. With a fleet of 386 electric buses, an electric corridor and the first electric terminal in Latin America Santiago is at the forefront of e-mobility.

The current challenge is to identify a sustainable financing and operating system for the rest of the country’s regions, where a great diversity of semi-regulated or unregulated public transport systems are in place with smaller operators and older buses of lower ecological standards.

Therefore the collaborative work aims to exploit the opportunities presented by the implementation of electromobility to contribute to the improvement of public transport in Chile and supports the Ministry’s goal of incorporating e-mobility services in each of the country’s regional capitals.

Contact: Cristian Tolvett, Macarena Castillo

Moving Chile is implemented by GIZ and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Photo above: © Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile