Support the shift towards low-carbon electricity in Ecuador
The objective of this project is to accelerate the introduction of low-carbon electric mobility, thus reducing fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the transport sector of Ecuador. As highlighted in the baseline section, the country has introduced a series of measures and policies aligned with this goal; however, EVs still represent a minuscule share (0.02%) of the entire vehicle fleet, as Ecuador still faces a series of barriers that slow down the uptake of electric mobility. A key challenge is to build a comprehensive enabling environment that provides the required technical, economic, commercial, social, environmental, and legal signals that are required to balance the total cost of ownership equation, which is currently leaning towards conventional combustion engines that release GHG emissions during use. Generally speaking, this project takes e-mobility from a very early phase of adoption, creating the enabling conditions that will allow for the development and up-scaling of this technology.
The proposed project aims to create the enabling conditions that will accelerate the transition to EVs. In particular, the project intends to do so by a) creating institutional capacity; b) leveling the total cost of ownership with existent internal combustion engine vehicles, which are currently dependent on government subsidies and low prices maintained through the use of poor-quality fuels; c) the creation or update of missing regulatory framework required for the mainstreaming of EVs, and d) focusing on the perception that the Ecuadorean public has towards e-mobility.