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The Zuojun Z60 is an example of an electric B-class vehicle being sold in Bermuda (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Ministry of Transport has initiated a second phase of consultation on how the Government should implement the island’s transition to electric vehicles.

The ministry began the first phase of the Zero-Emissions Vehicles consultation in February.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said: “The ministry is keen to establish a comprehensive policy framework to help ensure that the island is prepared for the global vehicle market’s transition to electric vehicles while proactively addressing the challenge of vehicle emissions.”

While electric vehicles run on batteries, the batteries still require fossil fuel electricity generation for the charging of the vehicle batteries.

The Minister of Transport, Wayne Furbert (File photograph)

Wayne Furbert, the Minister of Transport, said that the Government’s mission is to eliminate tailpipe emissions.

Mr Furbert said the endeavour to transition to electric vehicles is “not merely a commitment to curb Bermuda’s contribution to climate change”.

He said: “It also represents a strategic initiative to enhance local air quality and diminish the island’s reliance on fossil fuels.

“By embracing a zero-emission future, Bermuda aspires not only to be environmentally responsible but also to foster sustainable and self-sufficient energy practices within its transportation infrastructure.

“This multifaceted approach underscores the dedication to mitigating the impacts of climate change, promoting cleaner air for our citizens and fortifying energy independence.

“In adherence to our commitment made in the 2022 Throne Speech and following the completion of the initial consultation process in March 2023, the ministry diligently reviewed each response received.

“In response, we have crafted a comprehensive policy recommendation and strategy document. It is with great anticipation that we invite the public to actively engage and participate in this pivotal stage, as your input is instrumental in shaping the development of the final policy.

"The public’s active involvement is not only encouraged but vital to the success of this endeavour, as we collectively work towards a sustainable and progressive approach to transportation policies.”

The Zero-Emissions Vehicles consultation has been rebranded as EVolve Bermuda.

The ministry spokeswoman added: "In preparation for the upcoming second phase of consultation, the initiative has undergone a rebranding process and is now formally known as EVolve Bermuda.

“This new name reflects our commitment to a more dynamic and focused approach, aligning with the core principles and objectives of our zero-emission vehicle initiative. It is also aligned with government’s Vision — A Future-Forward Government.

“The rebranding signifies a strategic evolution in our communication and representation, emphasising the importance of our efforts to advance sustainable and environmentally conscious transportation solutions.”

All stakeholders and members of the public are invited to read the EVolve Bermuda Public Engagement Document and participate in the survey.

The second phase of the public consultation ends on February 8.

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Published December 05, 2023 at 7:54 am (Updated December 05, 2023 at 7:48 am)

Feedback invited on transition to electric vehicles

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