Electromobility is convenient because an electric charge is much more accessible than diesel and benzine, with savings between 30% and 40%; which means that operational and maintenance costs are considerably reduced.
By Francis Medina.
Santiago de Chile.- Electromobility is growing more and more, proof of this is that the month of February registered sales of 443 units of zero and low emission vehicles. This means a growth of 210% compared to the same month last year, and adding sales for January, we have 709 units of this type, resulting in an increase of 178%.
This goes hand in hand with the recent approval of the National Electromobility Strategy, whose objective is to establish strategic axes, as well as measures and goals that allow the accelerated and sustainable development of electromobility in Chile. Among these objectives to be achieved, it is worth noting that by 2035, 100% of the sales of light and medium vehicles, as well as those of public transport and major mobile machinery, will be zero emissions.
The strategy is very promising, however, there is much we need to do. One of the fundamental elements of this is how we can move forward together – between the public and private spheres – in sustainable development, which allows us to work towards this national agreement and which, without a doubt, points towards comprehensive well-being, where the environment and people will benefit.
The leading countries in electromobility, such as China, Germany, Norway and the United States, have taken a series of measures in this regard. It is worth mentioning among them: the investment of electric buses for public transport, the reduction of taxes, subsidies to those who acquire electric vehicles, among others, which encourage the preference of electric cars over fuel. In Chile, we have not yet promoted this transition, since the vehicle charging infrastructure is still insufficient.
Our country, according to the SEC, has 577 charging points, which are expected to increase to 2,300 in the coming years, so that no electric car travels more than 60 kilometers without being able to refuel. Recently, the first electrostation 100% built to provide power simultaneously to 20 electric vehicles was inaugurated, this means an important contribution, given the growth of the electric park that it has had lately. In addition, this will allow waiting times to be reduced due to the availability of the charger, eliminating the charging anxiety factor and contributing to satisfaction with the use of this technology.
Electromobility is convenient not only for people’s economy, because an electric charge is much more accessible than diesel and benzine, saving between 30% and 40%; which means that operational and maintenance costs are reduced considerably, but they are also safe to drive and do not pollute, helping to reduce the carbon footprint.
That is why it is the task of those of us who are part of the local automotive industry and also of the public sector, to commit ourselves to the Electromobility Strategy and work together to build cities that are truly efficient, and that will have a positive impact on the quality of life of the whole society in the future.
Francisco Medina is manager of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Chile.