Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology, Tunde Mottley, wants to see Barbados plug into the electrification of transportation.
As one of the participants of the China Aid Human Resources Training Programme in 2019, Mottley had the opportunity to witness first-hand Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong Province in China, push towards electric vehicles.
Recalling his experience during a reception at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Barbados, he suggested that similar to Shenzhen, Barbados should look to electrify all public transportation and commercial vehicles, sooner rather than later.
“With our size it would be possible for Barbados to become the first country to convert all of its vehicles to electric. That would be indeed an achievement considering that we were the first country, according to Flow, to be 100 per cent fibre connected in the world.
“Full electrification would enable Barbadians to also move to fully autonomous vehicles, eliminating the need for traffic lights, bringing road fatalities down to zero, and increasing national productivity to a level never seen before in any other countries due to efficiencies in transportation and logistics,” he explained.