Learn how electromobility faces off against pollution in Mexico City: Metrobus’ role in public transportation and the trend of sustainable cities.
Sustainable cities as a global trend are an important topic for Mexico City, and its strategies to push forward on electromobility to combat pollution on key points in public transportation and micro mobility.
Basic features of electromobility include:
- Avoid the emission of polluting gases.
- Contribute to the decarbonization of public transport.
- Benefit from clean energy.
- Develop an electric network management system.
- Improve the lifespan of battery powered vehicles.
- R&D to improve autonomy.
Mexico City recently held the virtual event: Electromobility in Mexico City, organized by the Mexican Association of Transportation and Mobility. This event had the participation of Roberto Capuano Tripp, Metrobus’ Director, who stated: “Electromobility is not a fad. It is a systemic change for public transportation on a global scale.”
It’s worth mentioning that in July 2021, the Metrobus Electrico system incorporated 9 fully electric units in addition to the current units which operate under the banner “Soy Electrico” (I am electric) throughout the entire Line 3 Route from Tenayuca to Etiopia. According to Capuano, this electromobility applied to Public Transportation achieves three goals: Zero Emissions, Zero Noise, and Zero Rattling.
The director of the Metrobus highlighted that all of Mexico’s progress in terms of sustainable mobility via EVs must consider the role of the Federal Electricity Commission. “If the FEC is not present, the project is off the table.”
This is because globally, the transition towards Zero Emission low-carbon footprint transportation needs to develop energy supply and demand management systems to keep up continuously and reliably with the supply. Such is the example of Canada with the Geotab initiative to create a clean energy electric network.
Finally, to ensure that Mexico City fulfills these Smart City trends, we also need to speak about micro-mobility with battery powered vehicles, as a side plan for fighting pollution. Cities also need local mobility alternatives such as shared bicycles and electric scooters as well as infrastructure and bike parking near Metro and Metrobus stations.