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October 11, 2019

Electric mobility: a possible scenario for Brazil

Catavento debates the mobility electrification trend in Brazil

The urban mobility context is experiencing significant changes that are expected to transform in multiple dimensions the traditional mobility. The mobility electrification stands out as one of the main trends in this scenario due to its potential benefits in a low carbon economy context and to its rapid technological development.

In this sense, Catavento Consultoria, in partnership with CEBRI’s Energy Working Group, organized the event – “Electric mobility: a possible scenario for Brazil” on July 18, 2019. The event analyzed the electrification trend, as well as the perspectives to electric vehicles’ penetration in Brazil. The debate included the participation of academia, policy makers and executives from the automobilist and energy sectors.

The opening speech was held by André Clark, CEO and President of Siemens Brazil, who highlighted the importance of the theme. Next, Roland Bush, COO and CTO of Siemens AG, presented the main impacts of new transport technologies to energy consumption and generation.

The first debate, “Electric mobility – challenges and opportunities in Brazil”, followed the introduction and initial considerations. The panel aimed to analyze critical aspects to the mobility electrification in Brazil, as well as the challenges and opportunities that may arise in this context. The panel was moderated by David Zylbersztajn, Professor at PUC-Rio, and had the participation of Johannes Roscheck, CEO of Audi Brazil, Evandro Gussi, President of the Sugar Cane Industry Union (Unica), Alexandre Szklo, Professor at COPPE/UFRJ, and Adriano Pitoli, Head of São Paulo´s Ministry of Economics Work Group.

The participants debated different aspects considered to be critical to Brazil´s mobility electrification, among them were analyzed the perspectives for technological  development, the cost competitiveness of electric vehicles, and the influence of public policies to this trend.

The second panel – “Electric mobility and the new business models” – aimed to understand the impact of electric mobility in traditional business models and the opportunities that may arise from this context. The panel focused on themes such as: the potential impact of electric vehicles to power networks, the demands forecast for new minerals, and the automakers strategies to light and heavyweight vehicles electrification. It counted with different point of views from a range of executives, among them Miguel Setas, EDP Energias do Brasil, Antonio Roberto Cortes, CEO of Volkswagen Trucks and Buses, and Adalberto Maluf, Marketing, Sustainability, and New Businesses Director at BYD Brazil. The panel had as its moderator, Clarissa Lins, partner and founder at Catavento Consultoria and senior fellow at CEBRI.

As a result of the event and in partnership with CEBRI, Catavento Consultoria has elaborated a paper with the same name, analyzing the different perspectives for electric mobility in an energy transition context, the changes in consumer behavior in new technologies, as well as the challenges and opportunities for the development of electric mobility in Brazil. The complete study can be downloaded here.