Jamaican government receives EVs for testing for trial period
Jamaica has taken a leap forward on the road to energy sustainability as five (5) government departments have been invited to participate in the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Electric Vehicle (EV) trial program.
As part of this initiative funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Flash Motors, Jamaica’s first all-electric transportation solutions provider, has partnered with leading automotive distributor, the Stewart’s Automotive Group, at lend BYD-branded electric vehicles to government agencies for a trial period.
The program was launched at Stewart’s Automotive Group’s Jaguar/Land Rover showroom on Friday July 8, where the vehicles were handed over to the Department of Finance and the Department of Transport and Mines, leaving three (3) spaces open so that other departments can participate. in the program. JThe project will also see each ministry receive a state-of-the-art ABB Terra AC Smart EV charging station, provided by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), for future use in the deployment of electric vehicles.
The initiative aims to give decision-makers a first-hand understanding of the economic benefits, environmental safety benefits and performance efficiency of electric vehicles.
Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister, the Honorable Andrew Holness, spoke of the need for Jamaica to act quickly to avoid an influx of obsolete technology.
In his address, the Prime Minister said:
Over the next 8-10 years, many countries would have required a significant portion of their fleet to be electric. Jamaica should not wait. Jamaica should not position itself as the recipient of vehicles that no one else wants. We must position ourselves to be able to take advantage of the most efficient technology available.
youAs part of the IDB’s mandate to support sustainable transport and electromobility powered by renewable energy in Jamaica, the GOJ EV trial allows selected ministries to use three BYD models in rotation: the BYD Tang SUV, E6 5-Seater Station Wagon and the T3 commercial van, so each department has one working week to evaluate each model. The global environmental crisis as well as rising fuel prices have forced an increase in the production of fully electric vehicles. Around the world, governments are building EV infrastructure for public and private vehicles.
Xavier Gordon, CEO of Flash Motors, which holds the exclusive Jamaican distribution license for BYD and which recently overthrew Tesla as the world’s top-selling electric vehicle brand, explained that the joint initiative aims to prepare Jamaicans for major changes in transport infrastructure.
We see that the world is rapidly changing the way machines are powered. Technology has changed drastically in one generation and cars are ready for the next big change. We predict that in the next 10 to 15 years, the majority of vehicles manufactured will be electric vehicles. This trial ensures that Jamaican policy makers can see for themselves how electric vehicles perform under local conditions and make the necessary preparations.
While the electric vehicle revolution will be incremental, BYD electric vehicles are now available to retail customers at Stewart’s Auto Sales.
Duncan Stewart, Managing Director of The Stewarts Auto Group, noted that the company has seen local drivers across several eras and will continue to do so by bringing the world’s leading brand of electric vehicles to Jamaica.
Stewart’s has over 80 years of experience in the automotive industry so we have proven our commitment to providing the very best in quality and service. We are proud to be part of this government trial as we help Jamaicans navigate all the options that are becoming available in the automotive space.
The GOJ-EV trial program falls within the IDB’s mandate to provide Jamaica with sustainable transportation and support for electromobility powered by renewable energy. The initiative will provide tangible feedback for spending on sustainable transportation solutions in Jamaica. The project aims to support the GOJ’s strategic framework for electric mobility by conducting the relevant assessments, feasibility studies and training to support the development of a national electric vehicle ecosystem.