In the U.S., auto parts manufacturers such as GM, Ford and Ford Fusion are spending millions to promote sustainable use of auto parts.
In Ecuador, a city on the Pacific Coast, a new eco-bike brand is coming to market.
And a group of eco-minded people are pushing for the world’s largest auto assembly plant to be powered by solar power.
In fact, the United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people worldwide lack access to reliable electricity.
But for many, there are no electric cars, no solar panels, no electric buses, and few reliable power plants.
That means they are often forced to rely on electricity from diesel-burning, coal-fired power plants, or, in the case of cities and towns, on natural gas.
In the case, Ecuador, it’s electric cars and they’re turning into a business.
In this story, the Ecuadorean government has partnered with Tesla, and in the process, it has made an eco car for a major multinational corporation.
In its quest to provide electric cars for the poor, the government has decided to make an eco bus for a multinational corporation, to promote its brand.
In an effort to improve the lives of Ecuador’s 1.2 million people, the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has invested $100 million in building an eco SUV.
A government spokesperson told Quartz that the government will make the SUV an Ecuadoran version of the Tesla Model S electric vehicle.
“We are taking the Ecruadorean Model S into the world,” the spokesperson said, adding that the company will supply parts and support electric buses in the country.
The government is also working with Ford to bring its electric bus to Ecuador.
In a statement to Quartz, Ford spokesperson James Hays explained that Ford’s electric bus will have a range of over 500 kilometers, and will be able to transport 50 passengers at a time.
“The electric bus can be driven as a self-service service with the company’s new electric bus driver,” Hays said.
The company is working with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Infrastructure and Tourism on an electric bus in the next few months, and the company hopes to get to 100,000 vehicles in the coming year.
In response to the announcement, a group called Green Party Ecuadera (Green Party Ecupó) has launched a campaign to bring the Ecumenical Assembly to the capital, Quito.
The Ecuadeadera has been active in Ecuador for years, and was responsible for organizing and leading the protests that ousted President Rafael Correia in 2010.
“This is the first time that the Ecucadan government has made the decision to sell electric buses to multinational companies,” Green Party President Pedro J. Borja said.
“Correa is very worried about the development of the Ecumans economy and has been putting pressure on the government for years.”