Supporting Sustainable Transportation through E-Mobility
The Project will enable the demonstration of electric vehicles (EVs) in Jamaica to determine technical and economic feasibility and to collect operational experiences for future upscaling. The Project will address identified barriers for market uptake through (i) design of an eMobility policy, technical standards, tax policy and financial incentives; (ii) implementation of electric mobility (eMobility) demonstration pilot; (iii) enhancement of in-country knowledge base, technical skills and awareness; and (iv) preparation of conditions for long-term environmental sustainability including EV battery management.
The demonstration pilot at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Kingston will encompass the deployment of small electric buses, light-duty vehicles (LDVs), electric scooters and bikes, as part of an integrated plan for on-campus and campus-related mobility needs. As part of the Project’s Knowledge Management strategy, collection of baseline data and analysis of operational performance is key for long-term sustainability and understanding mobility needs according to socio-economic strata and gender. The pilot experiences will help Jamaica to validate business models for eMobility.
The Project will contribute to a national eMobility ecosystem support, including curriculum development, technical training, and business development contributing to economic growth and green job creation. Under the umbrella of the UNEP/GEF Global Programme, technical assistance and capacity building will be tailored to Government of Jamaica (GOJ) stakeholders. Management approaches for waste EV batteries, including Extended Supplier Responsibility, will be assessed and proposed for implementation. (extract from project document)