The United Nations Environment Program and the German manufacturer BMW today signed an alliance in the Panamanian capital to promote and transform the transport sector in Latin America and the Caribbean with the use of clean technologies such as electricity.
The regional director of the UN Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean, Leo Heileman, who signed the agreement with the regional manager of BMWi for Latin America, Oliver Rosenthal, said they seek to push the private sector to make cleaner and cleaner products that bring more benefits for the population.
BMWi is the branch of BMW responsible for the design and manufacture of electric vehicles.
"The UN wants the countries to achieve the Paris Agreement against Climate Change, but in almost all cases the mobility issue is the least addressed; therefore we say with this issue (electric mobility) those goals can be achieved," Heileman said.
He argued electric mobility is feasible in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region in which several governments work to make a transition towards that model.
Heileman said he thinks it is beneficial that companies like BMW take actions to reduce their environmental footprint, by having reliable indicators and providing low-carbon goods and services.
The regional manager of BMWi for Latin America, Oliver Rosenthal told Efe they are increasingly working with governments and State entities to promote electric mobility technology through, for example, incentives for users.
"Monetary incentives, non-monetary incentives and support for infrastructure are the pillars that we see to advance towards that electric mobility plan," he said.
In the region, BMWi units have been sold in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay.
The formal ceremony of presentation of the BMWi3 model was held. This model operates 100 percent with electricity and was considered by the company one of the brand's vanguard products.
The vehicle has 95 percent recycling materials and is the first of the Premium segment. This vehicle will be used to participate in public demonstration events to expose the benefits of electric mobility.
According to a study by the International Energy Agency, around 3 million electric cars circulate around the world, twice as many as in 2016. By 2040, it is expected that 55 percent of new vehicles sold will be electric, which will be equivalent to a third part of the world fleet.