Celebrating a momentous achievement, the Metropolitan Region of Santiago recently welcomed its 2,000th electric bus into the Metropolitan Public Transport Network. This landmark accomplishment not only signifies progress in adopting cleaner technology but also underscores Chile’s commitment to transforming its transport sector and tackling emissions head-on.
While Santiago’s electrification efforts shine brightly, the broader national landscape reveals disparities that need attention. Extending the benefits of electromobility beyond the capital remains a challenge, with critical gaps yet to be addressed in other cities.
Chile has set an ambitious goal of electrifying 100% of its urban public transport fleets by 2040, aligning with its National Electromobility Strategy. This commitment holds promise, as electric transport promises safer, more comfortable, and environmentally friendly journeys. Santiago has pioneered electromobility strategies, fostering partnerships between public and private entities to create a sustainable framework that involves diverse stakeholders.
Electric buses comprise 31% of the capital’s public transport fleet, with an ongoing tender set to increase this number significantly. However, the situation beyond Santiago’s borders contrasts starkly – currently, electric buses make up 0% of public transport in other regions. While tenders are underway to introduce electric fleets to multiple cities, substantial progress lies ahead.
In collaboration with the Chilean Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Public Transport Directorate (DTPR for its name in Spanish), and Energy Sustainability Agency, GIZ developed a capacity-building initiative for regional public transport operators. This comprehensive program imparted crucial technical and operational insights, facilitating a smooth transition to electric transport systems and fostering design and technology implementation adaptation.
Over 170 operators and 37 officials from regional transport secretariats engaged in the ten workshops across Chile. Four modules covered technical aspects, charging management, operational insights, and electromobility business models. The curriculum was crafted following insightful diagnostics involving stakeholders from various sectors, ensuring the training aligns with practical needs.
In addition to local training, 28 operators embarked on an Electromobility Tour to Santiago. This two-day event featured training sessions and networking opportunities with key players in the electromobility ecosystem, including energy suppliers, bus manufacturers, and financiers.
The tour included visits to two electro terminals – Metbus and STP from the Metropolitan Network. This allowed operators to engage with professionals managing the services, explore facilities, and gain an in-depth understanding of operations.
As Chile advances towards a sustainable future, initiatives like these illuminate the path to a cleaner, more efficient transport landscape.
The Moving Chile project is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).