The Department of Public Information has said that thirteen persons received certificates for their successful completion of a Level Three Hybrid and Electric Vehicle training programme in Georgetown.
The five-day programme taught participants how to identify, repair, and maintain various parts of electric vehicles. It was a collaboration among the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), REVAMP and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The IDB’s Country Representative for Guyana, Lorena Salazar commended the government for beginning the transition to electric vehicles and renewable energy. She called the training a milestone in the partnership supporting Guyana’s shift to a low-carbon economy.
Guyana’s Minister within the Public Works Ministry, Deodat Indar, expressed satisfaction at the foresight of the GEA and IDB as it relates to electric vehicles, and urged trainees not to let their knowledge go to waste.
“You don’t wait until the problem is upon you, then try to learn how to deal with it. So, learning to deal with it now is good. I applaud you, and I am asking and imploring you to continue with this trend. I am sure that the GEA through the partnership with the IDB will continue to support this training because that is what diversification in the energy matrix is about: renewable energy,” he said.
The training was spearheaded by REVAMP’s Senior Trainer, Stephen Burr. The first batch of training was conducted in July and 12 persons graduated from a similar training programme. To date, 25 persons have benefitted from this training.
The GEA also recently hosted an automotive show to display the range of electric vehicles available in-country, and to promote awareness of the environmental impact and cost-efficiency of EVs. It was led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mahender Sharma.
The government has contracted Flash Motors Company Limited of Jamaica for the supply of six EV charging stations, part of a pilot project. They are expected in February 2023.