Bert Fabian
Bert Fabian
Topic: Electric Vehicles and its Potential to Mitigate Air Pollution and CO2 Emissions from Transport
Bert Fabian coordinates and leads activities of the UNEP Transport Unit in Asia, particularly the activities of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, the Global Fuel Economy Initiative and the...
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Posted on 28/07/2015 15:45:28
Dear Mr. Bert.

There is a large fossil fuel mass transit base in Latinamerica. How we can convert it into a electric base mass transit system. It?s more public or a private enterprise? Or both? Thanks for your responses.
George Conte (from Panama)
Dear George,

Thank you for your question. Latin American countries have relatively high hydroelectricity share in the grid. This provides a good opportunity to use electricity to power your mass transit systems, e.g. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Rail-based systems. For BRT, Electric trolley buses can also be considered, and as well as using electric-hybrid or fully electric buses. In the terminals, you can also explore the use of solar energy in powering these transport modes. The system can both be a public and/or a private enterprise. Government can stimulate the participation of the private sector by providing appropriate regulations and incentives.

Posted on 28/07/2015 07:02:29
Dear Mr. Bert,
Could you provide examples of cities with Electric Vehicles that are largely being powered by electricity generated from non-fossil fuels?
Francis Bagambilana (from Tanzania (United Republic of))
Dear Francis,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, we don't have specific information on cities where electric vehicles are largely powered by electricity generated from non-fossil fuels. However, there are many countries where the share of non-fossil fuels in the electricity grid are very high, like most Nordic countries, Brazil, and Ethiopia. All have very high share of renewables largely from hydro and geothermal. As such, the benefits of using electric vehicles in the cities in these countries, having substantially lower emissions of air pollutants and CO2, are maximized.