Car owners, car enthusiasts and persons interested in the growing electric vehicle (EV) market in the region, had an opportunity to take a virtual drive on Friday 20 November.
The ‘Take a Drive’ Virtual Electric Vehicle Roadshow was one of the activities of CARICOM Energy Month which is being held under the theme “A Resilient Community: Energy at the Centre”. The two-hour virtual tour was hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).
Through video presentations and a question-and-answer session, tour participants virtually experienced and discussed the operation and maintenance of electric vehicles, as well as the cost and types of vehicles available in the Caribbean.
As the region continues its transition to a low-carbon future, the use of EVs is essential to decarbonising the transportation sector. “To guide the development of the electric mobility sector within the region, the CCREEE – as a member of the Regional Electric Vehicle Working Group – developed a framework for the Regional Electric Vehicle Strategy on behalf of the working group”, Dr Gary Jackson, Executive Director of the CCREEE said. With the development of the strategy currently underway, the region stands to benefit from a comprehensive approach, to support uptake.
Dr. Gary Jackson presented via recorded video during the two-hour tour, along with: Ms. Joanna Edghill of Megapower Ltd, Mr. Visham Babwah of the Trinidad and Tobago Automotive Dealers Association and Mr. Xavier Gordon of Xergy Limited.
CARICOM Energy Month activities at the regional level are being held by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s Energy Unit in collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), along with the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) funded Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC).