Chile is on a mission to revolutionize its public transportation system by introducing a massive fleet of electric buses from China. This green initiative, which will also combat a major smog problem in its capital, Santiago, will include a total fleet of 200 electric buses.
Additionally, Chile will rollout electric scooters, cars, and taxis, as well as lorries for use in the mining industry. This will reduce noise and air pollution and lower fuel costs – a reported 70% less than those of a diesel engine. Chile’s ultimate goal is to have electric vehicles account for 40% of Chile’s private fleet and 100% of public transportation on the roads by 2050.
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Mineral-rich Chile is the world’s largest copper producer and the second-largest producer of lithium – “a key component in electric vehicle batteries.” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera noted that “Chile will be second only to China as a nation with the greatest quantity of electric buses in the world.” (*in a concentrated area, that being Santiago).
( H/T weforum.org )