E-Mobility Takes to Water

Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Urban mobility is a key part of the challenge of any effort to make cities smarter, sustainable and more livable. But due to the negative environmental effects of internal combustion engine vehicles, this is also one of areas where there is ample room for improvement, as well as new ideas made possible through electricity, the most efficient form of energy that respects the urban environment and is benefitting from rapid technological development.

Buzios, the Brazilian city near Rio de Janeiro where transport across water is important and where the Enel Group implemented the first Smart City project in South America, is an example of this.  Recently Enel subsidiary Ampla unveiled its new electric water-taxi service, which will soon be integrated into a new local transport schedule.

It was also the occasion to explain the benefits of electric mobilityfor energy consumption and the environment to local people. Compared with traditional watercrafts providing the service, the electric water-taxi emits no polluting emissions, is makes no noise and costs five times less.

Besides the water-taxis, the e-mobility project launched in September by Ampla – an Enel Group company that is part of Endesa Brasil – also includes the provision of 40 bicycles, of which 30 can be rented and 10 are used by the local police, and four electric cars.