Analysis of the impacts of electric mobility, mass transport, cargo and private. By Andrés Taboada Founder WERT Consulting
The Cluster of Electricity of Bogotá Region contracted a focus study with the company IDOM, in order to determine the type of investments in the electricity sector that greater number of companies providing public services, goods and related services would impact on Bogotá Region, not only with the objective of increasing sales in its area of influence, but also creating an export potential to the rest of Colombia and neighboring countries. The result of this study and the commitment by which the Cluster decided, is the promotion of electric mobility activities, both at the level of mass passenger transport, freight transport, public transport and private transport.
Why is it concluded that electric mobility has the greatest impacts?
• The infrastructure for mass-level electric mobility in passengers (metro, trams, aerial cable, brt) and cargo (train) translates into investments in sub-transmission and distribution networks that positively impact public service companies and their suppliers goods and services.
• The use of electric mobility in freight transport for retail distribution within cities impacts the sector of manufacturers and marketers of cargo vehicles and the companies that provide the charging solution (design, equipment, installation, certification), as well as to the supplier of electricity and medium term in the suppliers of batteries and applications for smartphones.
• The use of public electric mobility through taxis and other modalities (electric tricycles in some locations) has a high impact on the manufacturers and marketers of these vehicles and the entire chain described in the previous point.
• The use of private electric vehicles of all kinds also impacts the same chain.
• Finally, the reduction of emissions has important impacts in the reduction of lung, visual and skin diseases, which generates savings and efficiency in the public and private health system.
Having this clear, now what’s next?
• The first thing that is required is that local and regional governments are committed to an effective penetration of electric mobility in their territories, facilitating the installation of the necessary recharging infrastructure, facilitating the modernization of the subtransmission and electrical distribution infrastructure and increasing the restrictions on polluting transport methods.
• The active competition of the Network Operators is required making investments in infrastructure and public electricity service providers, authorizing the installation of the charging points.
• A regulatory and regulatory update is required to eliminate tax charges such as 19% VAT and the 20% contribution to energy sold at the public charging point.
• A regulatory opening is also required to allow new players to enter the energy sales market at recharging points without the need for them to become utility companies.
• Banks must have financing lines and insurers adequate policies for these types of vehicles.
• Transit and transport authorities must make adjustments that allow electric vehicles to be registered more efficiently in terms of time and costs.
• Finally, that the consumer clicks and begins to actively demand the use of electric vehicles both in mass and individual transport of cargo and passengers.
I hope that this article will serve as a starting point and call to all those involved so that, identified the benefits of a greater penetration of electric mobility in Colombia, they are ready to put their grain of sand so that it can be much faster than it has been so far.