A Volkswagen model, on display during the 2022 Circular Economy Summit.

The sustainability it is perhaps the purpose that is carving with more force in almost all activities. Its transversality is such that it can drive, simultaneously, changes in different areas. One of them is the mobility.

There is a growing concern about the impacts of the ways in which we move, especially due to the massive and sustained use of transport that uses energy sources that are not friendly to the environment. This concern escalates if we elevate the phenomenon to a systemic category.

But something is changing. In some countries, these modifications are eloquent, in others, incipient. The question is whether what is happening is enough to think of a new paradigm.

That will be the central axis of a new cycle panel voices that add upwhich will aim to rethink mobility from different levels, with views from services, industry, production, technology and the management of comprehensive systems, among other aspects.

Voices that add is a proposal that addresses the transformations that are taking place in different sectors and that, from the hand of specialists, provides ideas to understand and face the impact of the changes. Each of the meetings is broadcast via streaming on the platforms of The voiceof The Andes and Via País.

Solutions, micro and macro

Mobility, which was also left in the shadow of the pandemic shock, is bringing new images to the urban landscape. The most widespread is the use of electric skateboards.

Those who keep an eye on trends believe that micromobility is experiencing a new phase. The adoption of skateboards (in addition to bicycles) is supported by people who, years ago, might have chosen to buy a motorcycle or a small car. And it coexists with another phenomenon: it is no longer just a recreational trip.

A Volkswagen model, exhibited during the 2022 Circular Economy Summit. (Javier Ferreyra/AR)

At the same time, it is under a broader umbrella, which explains the transition to “cleaner” energy sources, a phenomenon that also affects the automotive industry. 10 years ago there was no record of electric cars in the country. Last year, on the other hand, almost 180 units were already counted.

And in the last decade we went from 250 to 9,500 hybrid vehicles, according to the circulating fleet report prepared every year by the Association of Argentine Component Factories (Afac).

Added to this is the current mixture of gasoline and diesel with biofuels (bioethanol and biodiesel) and the widespread change to the compressed natural gas (CNG) system, although the latter operates under a price incentive.

The truth is that there are more and more voices in the automotive industry that encourage us to rethink the sector as an actor in a new industry of mobility solutions, in which technological developments and platforms with an innovative matrix and collaborative imprint have been assembled.

But the challenge is to ensure that these solutions “dialogue” efficiently, for which it is necessary to think of systems, a macro scenario in which the modalities and operation of public transport, infrastructure, technology (with its contribution of sensitive data) and extensive management of the use of space, among other axes.

All these aspects, together with the visions of what is expected in the medium and long term, will be addressed in the panel that will be broadcast on Tuesday, June 28, from 11 a.m., and which will include the participation of Eli Frias (Head of Operations of Uber for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), Leonardo Ezcurra (executive manager of Launch of New Projects of Volkswagen Argentina), Lucila Martinazzo (teacher and researcher at the National University of Córdoba) and Alejandro Repetto (co-founder and CTO of Inipop, specialist in strategic design of the future).

to schedule

When. On Tuesday, June 28, starting at 11.

Where. Through the platforms of La Voz, Los Andes and Vía País. Also through the profiles of La Voz on YouTube and Facebook.

Who is it. Participating in the dialogue will be Eli Frias (Head of Uber Operations for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), Leonardo Ezcurra (Executive Manager of the Launch of New Projects at Volkswagen Argentina), Lucila Martinazzo (teacher and researcher at the National University of Córdoba) and Alejandro Repetto (co-founder and CTO of Inipop, specialist in strategic design of the future). The moderation will be in charge of the journalist Daniel Alonso, coordinator of the cycle that has the executive production of Sebastián Gilli.

Support for. The activity has the support of Naranja X, the Municipality of Córdoba, Volkswagen Group Argentina, Uber and Copa Airlines.

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