Chile to ban combustion engines by 2045

The government of Chile has adopted the national strategy for electromobility. In three stages between 2035 and 2045, different classes of vehicles will be marketed only with zero-emission propulsion.

As the government explains in a statement, one of the main objectives of the strategy is that all light and medium vehicles sold, all public transport (buses, taxis and shared taxis) and heavy machinery sales are emission free. by 2035. This will “directly benefit the quality of life of Chileans”.

In the communication, the government focuses on the targets for 2035, but the strategy states that from 2045 all new vehicles for long-distance passenger transport and land transport of goods – i.e. long-distance buses and trucks – should also be emission-free. From 2040, agricultural machinery must also be emission-free.

“This is a government policy that sets us a roadmap to progress in the development of sustainable transport, with direct benefits for Chileans. It will also allow us to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels,” says Francisco López, Undersecretary of Energy. The Ministry of Energy is responsible for implementing the electromobility strategy and will update it every five years.

gob.cl (announcement), gob.cl (PDF strategy, reference to 2045 on page 3)

Kevin A. Perras