It might look like a normal car, but it's what you can't see that makes all the difference. During the United Nations COP20 climate change conference that took place between 1-12 December in Lima, the Enel Group unveiled a 100 percent electric car for the Peruvian market.
The technology created by Group subsidiary Edelnor is based on vehicles powered entirely by electricity – and that therefore doesn't emit exhaust gases that are harmful to health and the environment – and equipped with a silent engine. This combination enables it to cut both carbon monoxide and noise pollution.
In contrast to a regular fuel-ran car, the Enel Group's first 100 percent electric car in Peru also offers benefits in terms of cost. If you need to spend 14 Nuevos Soles to do 40 kilometres with a petrol car, that sum drops to 2.21 with an electric car – a saving of 11.79 Nuevos Soles. 'Thanks to an eight-hour charge it will be possible to drive for 150km', said Luis Chuquillanqui, spokesperson for Edelnor, the Group business that distributes electricity in the northern area of Lima and other areas of the country.
In Europe the electric car market is already a reality, with France and Norway leading the way for use of the technology. Enel, thanks to its own charging infrastructure, offers the basis for the expansion of e-mobility as an alternative to fossil fuel-powered engines and enables people to drive without any direct impact on the environment.
The summit was also a chance for the Enel Group to show how the business of energy services could offer the right answers to sustainability and environment issues. As part of this, projects, services and studies were unveiled, such as An Assessment of the Energy-Efficiency Gap and its Implications for Climate-Change Policy, a study that takes a snapshot of the current situation regarding energy efficiency and identifies the key areas to focus on in the future. The report, which was co-authored by Richard Newell of Duke University and Todd Gerarden, Robert Stavins and Robert Stowe from Harvard, was published as part of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.