Training will begin in October to accompany the donation of the three electric buses made by the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU) to the government of Costa Rica, which arrived in the country the previous Saturday.
The plan is part of the public transport electrification pilot that seeks to generate the framework conditions and a replicable operation model for the electrification of public bus transport in Costa Rica.
The training of specialists from the National Learning Institute (INA), the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and CEDES Don Bosco is contemplated, with the aim that they can replicate the training to more institutions and bus operators.
The training process includes -among other areas- operation, maintenance, enlistment, conduction and review of buses, recharging centers, fleet monitoring and environmental impact to the institutions involved and to the bus operating companies. It will be in charge of the German Cooperation GIZ and the BYD company, winner of the international tender for the purchase of the three electric buses, recharging and training centers.
“With the arrival of the buses this stage of training for drivers, mechanics and trainers begins. The pilot is an inter-institutional and multisectoral effort, part of a comprehensive approach to the goals established in the National Decarbonization Plan ”explained the First Lady and promoter of electric mobility, Claudia Dobles.
She added that this process will make it possible to test the technology, sensitize and chain the different stakeholders involved and collect useful information for large-scale implementation.
Dobles reported that the start of the pilot plan for the operation of electric buses is scheduled for next November, starting with Route 70: San José-Desamparados-San Rafael. Later, with routes 301 (San José-Tres Ríos) and 200 (San José -Alajuela by INVU).
For her part, the Minister of Environment and Energy, Andrea Meza, assured that these first three buses must be the first of hundreds to arrive in Costa Rica in the coming years and decades.
“Our National Decarbonization Plan tells us that by 2035, 30% of the public transport fleet should be zero emissions. This training effort will strengthen key actors in public transportation to guide us toward this goal. In addition, it will allow citizens to also become aware of the positive impacts of an improvement in air quality on people’s health, “said Meza.
The executive president of ICE, Irene Cañas, commented that the institution “is committed to promoting electric mobility, based on the renewable matrix of our model and with the support of our infrastructure. We added 100 electric vehicles to our fleet and we are working on deploying a network of electric chargers throughout the country, ”he said.
She added that “now, being the recipients of this donation, we will be able to socialize and spread the benefits it provides to the rest of the population through public transport.”
“The development of knowledge associated with electric buses in the public institutions involved and in the bus operating companies is key to the sustainability of the electrification of public transport in the long term,” said Claus Kruse, director of the MiTransporte project of the German Cooperation GIZ.
“From the German Cooperation we have committed to developing this training plan to guarantee the necessary knowledge for a successful implementation of the electric bus pilot and its subsequent escalation,” he said.