a great opportunity for the emergence of new successful investors, thanks to electric vehicles

“In the midst of every difficulty, there is opportunity” Albert Einstein

Many opportunities arise in times of great difficulty.

In recent months, Haiti has been facing a recurring gasoline problem where, with each shipment of oil products, drivers rush to gas stations to fill up, and this with great difficulty. Gasoline distributed is never enough and, despite the measures adopted by government authorities, it continues to be sold on the black market and mainly in the informal sector. This complicated situation should inspire members of the private sector to think of viable, sustainable and effective solutions to overcome this problem.

As gasoline today constitutes a very important element in the world economy and is purchased at an exorbitant price, this situation makes us think today about the possibility that Haiti will opt for the solution of the future with electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles increasingly efficient and less expensive…

Several nations around the world have already started to think about the possibility of acquiring a fleet of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles today are more and more efficient and less and less expensive as a large number of car manufacturers have adopted this updated technology.

It should be noted that last year, 2.2 million new cars were registered in France, and of these, 42,763 were 100% electric vehicles. A value 38% higher than that recorded in 2018 (31,055 units). Thus, currently, electric cars represent 2.5% of global sales, a figure that is still low, but which shows that the electric car market is growing and increasingly dynamic.[1]

Electric vehicles are, in fact, a tool of the future because, with gasoline being a problem, the inventors had to think of other solutions based on the principle of renewable energies to such an extent that the Gulf countries are already preparing for it. . They know that soon gasoline will no longer have the same importance or economic value. This is how the leaders of these countries began to integrate other socio-economic sectors so as not to bear the disastrous consequences of the systematic reduction in the use of oil in the not too distant future, which will certainly cause a considerable deficit in their economy. The Gulf countries then began to invest in real estate abroad, in the purchase of large companies, sports teams, etc. Qatar, for example, has invested for several years in the purchase of stars, in the acquisition of clubs and television broadcasting rights, sponsorships, occupies an increasingly important place in the world of football.[2]

New opportunities offered…

In the Dominican Republic, for example, today the use of electric cars is clearly increasing. This forced the authorities and the private sector to create more and more electric charging stations.

The Dominican Republic ranks third among Latin American countries with the most electric vehicles per capita. It occupies the same position in terms of the number of charging stations, a position to which the company Zero EmissionRD, a pioneer in the implementation of electric mobility on Dominican soil, largely contributed. In November of last year, this company opened a showroom of around 30,000 square meters with state-of-the-art electric vehicles during an activity that was attended by President Luis Abinader. He publicly supported this type of transport.[3]

In the United States, California authorities, in turn, adopted on August 25 this year, a text that provides for a ban, from 2035, on new diesel or gasoline cars. New cars sold in this very progressive American state will have to be “zero-emissions” in this state at the forefront of efforts for an energy transition in the country. By 2026, one-third of car sales in California will have to be “zero-emissions” vehicles – in other words, only vehicles powered by electricity, hydrogen and certain hybrid vehicles. That should be two-thirds of sales by 2030.[4]

Why not also think about such solutions in the face of this situation of gasoline shortages in Haiti, caused by poor governance and also by the lack of collaboration on the part of the actors involved in the import of petroleum derivatives? Obviously, for Haiti, it would be necessary to improve the roads and, henceforth, build new public roads in accordance with international standards. It will also be necessary to install a series of electric charging stations, and why not, using solar energy, which would allow charging stations to be installed anywhere in the country. This would automatically create new job opportunities.

It will be necessary to think about training new technicians abroad and locally in this area, since, obviously, most of the mechanics who currently work with us are not retrained and will not be up to the task of maintaining electric vehicles.

Advocating the emergence of a visionary business class…

The time has come for us in Haiti to promote the emergence of a business class that genuinely cares about the country’s problems, trying to provide solutions and make pecuniary profits. It’s time to assemble a dynamic, visionary private sector that stops practicing mercantilism or the policy of purchases and resales to enrich itself at the expense of the population. More than ever, the country needs a private sector that thinks first about solving the population’s problems and creating wealth.

So here is a business opportunity that is created in spite of us, through a gasoline crisis problem that exasperates more than one and that nevertheless includes effective solutions if the elites really care about Haiti’s modernization.

So, wouldn’t it be good to think about transforming Haiti from the modernization of the public transport sector and the use of electric vehicles throughout Haiti? This will undoubtedly constitute new sources of job creation and will be beneficial for the environment and for the health of the population, as this system does not cause pollution.

Why not start, at least, with the creation of a large public transport company with exclusively electric buses, as is the case with several national companies in the United States, in particular GreyHound?[5] or the largest fleet of zero-emission “Twin Rivers” school buses in Sacramento, California.[6]

How about opening an electric vehicle manufacturing company together with foreign investors?

Haiti, will she once again miss the train?

Joel Lorquet, PhDCan

Journalist, Writer

[1] Lion Electric Company, (2010), Top 10 Cheap Electric Cars in 2022, Beev.co,

https://www.beev.co/electric-cars/cheapest-electric-cars/

[2] Football / Qatar, (2012), When Qatar takes over European football, RFI,

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/sports/20121010-quand-le-qatar-rachete-le-football-europeen-psg-malaga-barcelone

[3] (2021), Electric cars advance in the Dominican Republic, Dominican Today,

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/sports/20121010-quand-le-qatar-rachete-le-football-europeen-psg-malaga-barcelone

[4] (2022), In California, new gasoline cars will be banned until 2035, France 24 with AFP,

https://www.france24.com/fr/am%C3%A9riques/20220825-en-california-les-voitures-neuves-%C3%A0-essence-seront-interdites-d-ici-2035

[5] Wilson, R, (2020), Electric Greyhound Conversion Motor, Prince Rupert, BC Canada,

https://www.electric-cars-are-for-girls.com/electric-greyhound-conversion-motor.html

[6] Lion Electric Company, (2010), largest zero-emission school bus fleet in North America, bolstered by delivery of 10 Lion Electric, Cision,

https://www.newswire.ca/en/news-releases/largest-zero-emissions-school-bus-fleet-in-north-america-enhanced-by-delivery-of-10-bus-lion-electric- 836943007.html

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