CAP-IT project demonstrates EV charging stations usage

March 8, 2024

UNDP's Systems Engineer, Peter Lusis, demonstrating how the charging station works

Photo: UNDP Samoa

Apia, Samoa – The Climate Action Pathways for Island Transport: Land and Maritime Decarbonisation Project, or CAP-IT, is gaining momentum with the demonstration today of how electric vehicle (EV) charging stations work.

The demonstration was held at the One UN House, Tuanaimato, where an existing EV charging station was previously installed under the United Nations Development Programme’s Greening Moonshot Initiative, an internal effort by UNDP worldwide to reduce its carbon footprint.

Today’s demonstration provided an in-depth look at EV fleet management and monitoring solutions, as well as the usage and operationalisation of EV charging stations.

UNDP’s Systems Engineer, Peter Lusis, presented this for members of the project’s Technical Advisory Group, led by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, and comprised of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Land Transport Authority, Electric Power Corporation, National University of Samoa, and the Samoa Qualifications Authority.

A representative of the local EV vendor, Ford-Hyundai, was also on hand to answer technical questions concerning EVs.


Meeting of the CAPI-IT Technical Advisory Group at the One UN House today, joined by UNDP Resident Representative, Aliona Niculita

Photo: UNDP Samoa

"The CAP-IT project marks a crucial initial stride in our journey towards a transport sector less reliant on fossil fuels. As we accelerate the decarbonisation of land and maritime transport, we're not only combating climate change, but also promoting cleaner air and improved public health. This project lays the groundwork for our transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon solutions. Moving forward, our focus will extend to developing a comprehensive strategy for this transition, perhaps prioritizing public transport as the next frontier in our efforts," said Aliona Niculita, UNDP Resident Representative.

The CAP-IT Project is funded by the Government of Japan, and is implemented by the Government of Samoa in collaboration with UNDP. It aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of Samoa’s land and maritime transport sectors. It’s primary goal is to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles to support Samoa’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the energy and transport sectors by 2030.

Dedicated charging stations for government electric vehicles will be installed at the Tuanaimato bowser site and several other locations, while charging stations available to the public are planned to be installed across both Upolu and Savai’i.

Members of the CAP-IT Technical Advisory Group look on as Systems Engineer, Peter Lusis, demonstrates the different components of charging an EV

Photo: UNDP Samoa


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