Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof.
That could soon become the norm in Costa Rica, where the government launched a decarbonisation plan in February to rid the country of fossil fuels by 2050.
"It's totally realistic and necessary," said Orlich, a father of two who lives in a mountainous zone east of the capital San José.
A businessman in the solar panel sector and president of the Association of Electric Mobility – which promotes electric-powered transport – what excites him the most about the government's plan is the focus on public transport.
"Once we've implemented the process of electrifying transport and relaunched a more efficient agriculture and livestock sector, we shall see an exponential effect on technological change" that will accelerate decarbonisation, she added.
'Car no longer king'
Leftist President Carlos Alvarado's plan is set to extend beyond public transport to incorporate industry, agriculture and livestock, as well as a reforestation programme aimed at increasing woodland from 50 to 60 percent of the country.
With regard to transport, there are two key components: an electric train serving the San José metropolitan area – the most densely populated in the country – and modernisation of the bus network.
The aim is for people to be able to easily access the bus or train by foot or bicycle and connect to the entire public transport system – ending the reign of the car, largely responsible for the capital's pollution and congestion problems.