Moving Chile: Upscaling electric mobility in Chile

Project description

Title: Moving Chile
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
Country: Chile
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Transports and Telecommunications; Ministry of Environment
Overall term: 2019 to 2022


To achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, transport must be decarbonised globally by the middle of the century. Chile has committed in its updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) in 2020 to reach carbon neutrality in 2050. In addition, Chile commits to reach its emissions peak in 2025, not surpassing an emission budget of 1.100 Megatons of CO2 equivalent in the period of 2020 and 2030.

The transport sector is  crucial for achieving those objectives. In 2018 transport emissions accounted for 25.5 per cent of the country's total emissions. With 86 per cent, road transport is the largest emitter, mainly caused by trucks and buses (65 per cent).

Chile is pursuing an electric mobility strategy with the goal of converting 100 per cent of buses to electric vehicles by 2040 and 100 per cent of taxis by 2050. The energy ministry plans to enforce that all new sales of light-duty vehicles are electric by 2035. Therefore, the private sector has to bear more responsibility as almost all Chilean bus systems are privately operated.


The framework conditions for the expansion of electric mobility to decarbonise the transport sector in Chile is improved.


The project supports the development of financing mechanisms to promote electric mobility in taxis and buses. This includes  a pilot project   to test the mechanisms and implement a programme of capacity building and training for taxi und bus operators . The pilot aims to kick-start electromobility in intermediate and small cities and to strengthen private sector investments and PPP in electric mobility.

Moving Chile consults the Chilean government in its role as Chair of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) to accelerate the reduction of emissions in the transport sector and to position the decarbonisation of this sector on the international agenda.

The project supports Chile in the realisation of a series of technical meetings focused on exchanging experiences, good practices, and lessons learned to increase climate ambition in Latin America.

The project promotes the deployment of a communication campaign to draw attention and raise public awareness for decarbonisation of transport.

Last update: January 2022