In Chile more than 36% of energy consumption is used by the transport sector and most of the energy used in this sector is imported and is one of the major contributor to pollution. That’s why today electric mobility starts playing a relevant role.
The Minister of Energy and Mining, Juan Carlos Jobet, together with the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, led the launch of a new program that seeks to boost electric mobility in public transport, specifically in the taxi segment.
It is the My Electric Taxi Program, which delivers co-financing of up to $11,000 to exchange a basic taxi for an electric taxi, the purchase and installation of a home electric charger and the monitoring of the electric vehicle purchased for one year.
“Today there are important barriers for taxi drivers to access electric vehicles, mainly in terms of initial investment, technology knowledge and cargo management. That’s why we launched this program to bring the benefits of electric mobility closer to taxi drivers and also to users in general,” said power and mining bi minister Juan Carlos Jobet.
This initiative is expected to benefit 50 taxi drivers from the communes of the Province of Santiago, Puente Alto and San Bernardo. The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, for her part, noted that “Our priority in terms of electric mobility is public transport and encouraging the inclusion of vehicles such as taxis and buses. Initiatives like this, plus others that we drive from the MTT, we are accelerating the incorporation of a more sustainable fleet with significantly lowers operational costs. In addition, the new vehicles have comfort improvements for users, mainly for the smoothest and quietest journeys.”
This program is implemented by the Energy Sustainability Agency, which will also provide advice on taxi drivers’ applications. Ignacio Santelices- the CEO of Energy Sustainability Agency, stressed that “A taxi that runs 80,000 kms spends around $4,000,000 on gas. If the same taxi were electric, it would spend around $1,700,000 on electricity. In addition, an electric vehicle has cheaper maintenance than conventional vehicles. It is therefore very convenient economically and environmentally. Currently in Chile there are 1,769 electric vehicles, including buses, light vehicles and trucks.”
It should also be noted that, under this programme, a call was previously made to suppliers of electric vehicles to participate in this initiative, to select a single supplier of the electric taxis, which means a benefit in the price for the aggregate purchase of vehicles. This call was presented with 3 vehicle bidders and the BYD supplier was selected. Through this selection process, about 20% discount was achieved on the value of vehicles with a final cost of sale of less than $22,000,000.
“Having awarded us this tender demonstrates our commitment to electric mobility in Chile and how BYD has positioned itself as a mature and globally sound brand. This is another step on the road to zero emissions transport, and we look forward to the use of electric vehicles in various segments. Today, with the support of the Agency and the Government of Chile, we started the largest fleet of electric taxis in the country and look forward to accompanying operators in this experience that will show them that in addition to being sustainable, these vehicles generate great savings in operation and maintenance. As BYD we are proud to continue to lead the market and expand the electric mobility revolution,” said Tamara Berríos, Country Manager of BYD Chile.
The BYD e5 is the most independent electric car currently in the Chilean market. Its battery allows you to travel up to 400 km on a single charge, and can be charged between 1.5 and 2 hours. It features regenerative brake technology, which allows you to recover range while driving, braking and deceleration. In addition to taking care of the environment for its zero-emission technology, the electric BYD e5 does not generate noise, making driving very pleasant and smooth. This BYD e5 sedan is specially configured for fleets. It highlights the comfort of its seats, the amplitude of the luggage rack and, most importantly, the savings it generates in operation and maintenance.
Finally, for the beneficiaries of the My Electric Taxi program, Banco Estado will offer through its Electric Mobility Credit a financing option for co-payments with preferential rate for the purchase of the vehicle. Applicants may also freely qualify for other financial institutions.
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