China is cracking down on pollution like never before, Bloomberg recently reported, with new green policies so hard-hitting and extensive they can be felt across the world, transforming everything from electric vehicle demand to commodities markets.
One only has to look at South America, which is undergoing a veritable green transformation.
Chinese-made electric buses cost less and are helping reduce gas emissions in Santiago, said Chile’s Transportation Minister Gloria Hutt, Xinhua reported.
Since December last year, 203 electric buses have arrived in Santiago from China, the report said. They have travelled a total of 2.7 million kilometers and have been given an average passenger rating of 6.3 out of 7, Hutt was quoted as saying by local daily El Mercurio.
Hutt highlighted that the buses’ operational costs are 76 percent less than diesel buses.
The Chilean government, she said, has bet on electric mobility to help the environment and reduce gas emissions by 35 percent by 2022, via replacing the current fleet with electrical buses, the report said. Chile also aims to have a fully electric public transport system by 2040.
Last year, the Chilean government announced the incorporation of 208 new electric buses made by China’s new energy automaker BYD. Each electric bus reduces CO2 emissions by 60 tons each year, Hutt said.
In all, 411 electric buses will be operating in Santiago, making it one of the leading cities operating this type of bus outside China.
According to ElecTrek.co, a Bloomberg report last year found that of about 385,000 electric buses in the world, about 99 percent of them were in China. The city of Shenzhen alone announced that it had entirely electrified its fleet of 16,000 buses.
Delhi, India recently approved an order for 1,000 electric buses, according to a report from Mercom India. The Delhi government noted, “This is the largest such commitment so far by any Indian city and for any city outside of China.”
Medellin, Colombia ordered 64 BYD electric buses earlier this year, ElecTrek.co reported, and Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, launched a fleet of 20 electric buses in March.
The government’s war on air pollution fits neatly with another goal, Bloomberg reported — domination of the global electric-vehicle industry. Elon Musk’s Tesla might be the best-known name, but China has been the global leader in EV sales since 2015, and is aiming for 7 million annual sales by 2025.