Following the establishment of the alliance between Mexico and the United States, through the University of California, both countries are working together to develop a roadmap that will allow them to deploy electric mobility as a whole.
“We want it to contain an accelerated analysis of the current binational situation of the automotive industry focused on the transition to electromobility,” says Iker Amilcar Jiménez Martínez, Director General of Global Economic Impulse at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an interview with Portal Movilidad in the Personalities interview series.
He adds: “We also seek to identify the existing challenges for investment in electrification and to understand how to strengthen the supply chain. We also want to map and provide recommendations to small suppliers on what they need to do in this transition”.
In this sense, the ultimate goal will be to have sufficient capacity and information to propose public policies that allow transforming challenges into opportunities, while establishing collaborative actions between the two countries.
To initiate this plan, the authorities are focusing on five main points that make up the vision of different working groups.
The first of these is innovation. This group will identify innovative tools and facilitate technological research.
Secondly, they will focus on the professionalisation of the actors involved in the value chain.
Cluster three will aim to develop suppliers. The aim will be to identify gaps in supply chains and learn about steps to ensure that all levels of the automotive industry have a solid articulation so that new companies can be involved in the process.
On the other hand, the infrastructure development group will go beyond manufacturing. It will ensure that the right investments are made in electrification infrastructure and the electricity grid.
Finally, the governance team will have to create appropriate regulatory signals for all parties involved.
According to Jiménez Martínez, several states are participating in the project, such as Puebla, and he invites stakeholders to be part of the transition to electromobility.
It should be recalled that in February this year, Mexico and the United States established a joint working table for the electrification of transport.
The reality is that this is an opportunity for Mexico not to lag behind in the race for clean energy and electric mobility, and to take advantage of working alongside the world’s fifth largest economy, California, taking it as a north when designing regulations and public policies.
In this regard, it is worth noting that in California alone almost 13% of new car sales are zero-emission, an increase that has coincided with the reduction in the cost of batteries.
In terms of the number of chargers, the state has 76,000, although it plans to reach 1.2 million by 2030. At the same time, authorities say they will need 160,000 chargers by that year to support medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
With this in mind, Governor Gavim Newsom proposed a $10 billion investment in zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure over the next few years.