Challenges and Opportunities for Electric Mobility in the Americas


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The number of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide is growing exponentially to 5.4 million in 2018, according to the Electric Vehicle World Sales Database. Although the United States, Asia, and Western Europe are leading this transition, in Latin America and the Caribbean, countries such as Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Uruguay are rolling out landmark initiatives to advance electric mobility.

In preparation for the IV Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Ministerial that will convene in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on February 27-28, 2020, the OAS will convene a series of Ministerial dialogues. The purpose of these events is to seek the input and advice of Permanent Missions, international development agencies, multilateral organizations, private sector, and the diplomatic corps at large in Washington as the delegations of the 35 OAS Member States prepare to convene in Montego Bay. The first of this dialogue series will be held in partnership with the Inter-American Dialogue, and will focus on electric mobility in the Americas. 

This Ministerial dialogue will provide a space to discuss experiences, policy options, financing, and technologies to ignite smart transportation in the Americas.

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9:00am – 9:30am


Participant Registration


9:30am – 10:00am            


Welcome and Introduction



Juan Cruz Monticelli, Chief of Section, Sustainable Energy, Organization of American States



Robert Honeyghan, Community Relations Officer, Embassy of Jamaica to the US


10:00am – 10:45am


Keynote Speaker: New and Innovative Advanced Vehicle Technologies 




Mark Smith, Program Manager, Technology Integration and Vehicle Technologies Office, US Department of Energy


10:45pm – 12:00pm 



Panel Discussion: Experiences, Policy Options, Financing & Technologies to Ignite Smart Transportation in the Americas 



Juan Cruz Monticelli, Chief of Section, Sustainable Energy, Organization of American States



Lisa Viscidi, Program Director, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue



Carlos Mojica, Urban Transport Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank



Guillermo Areas, Head, LAC Government Relations, BMW Group



Camron Gorguinpour, Global Senior Manager, Electric Vehicles, World Resources Institute




Closing Remarks