Transportation in Chile is bound to evolve. Practically all energy sources used in its operation derive from oil, which is why a great challenge as a society exists in terms of changes in emissions and climate change.
We have the opportunity to take the best advantage from new clean energy sources, and it is that context in which electric mobility is conceived as a real contribution to energy efficiency and to the decontamination of cities, since it does not emit particles or polluting gases.
The idea of a different future is not too far away. To move 1 kilometer with electric power is up to four times cheaper than moving one kilometer with fuel. Therefore, the progress of electric mobility is being reflected by the fact that there already are several car makes marketing electric vehicles, which, depending upon the model, have an autonomy ranging between 100 kms. and 300 kms., with the prices for a complete electric power charge ranging between $1,500 and $4,500.
But electricity is also power. And since at Enel Chile we want to prove it, we contributed the BMW i3 model to SoloRace, which is 100% electric powered, exhibited and driven on March 19th of 2017, by Eliseo Salazar, a prominent national race car pilot, having participated in the most important car racing events at the international level, such as Formula 1, the Indy 500, the 24 Hours at Le Mans, the World Rally championship and the Dakar race. Totaling more than 40 years of professionalism at the steering wheel, attesting to the comfort, and performance that an electric powered vehicle may offer.
The challenge in putting energy to motion
Based upon a clean, powerful energy, with a lower price in comparison with the other fuels, we have become one of the main drivers of electric mobility in the country.
We were active agents in the introduction of the first electric taxis circulating today through Santiago, demonstrating their applicability and potential for massification in other cities, such as Concepción.
Likewise, along with the municipality of Santiago and ByD, we inaugurated the first formal route for a 100% electric bus in Santiago, which includes standards compatible towards operating within Transantiago.
As well, the infrastructure is not a problem threatening the massification of electric mobility in Chile, since Enel Distribución has the capacity to provide the cities with charging points, the same way by which it completed a network in Santiago with 10 interconnected “electrostations” in four counties of the capital city.
In this way, the authority, the community and the users have evidenced how this type of vehicles may revolutionize the mobility of the users in a nearby future, in a way such that places us closer to a radical transition, contributing more to cities in matters of pollution.