Blink Charging and ElectroChile have agreed on a multi-year contract to bring EV charging stations to Chile. The deal includes the joint promotion and deployment of the fastest Level 2 equipment available across the country.
The fastest equipment is the Blink IQ 200 charging station that delivers up to 19.2 kWh output and can be deployed on circuits ranging from 12 – 100 amps. The agreement comes just months after Chile took shipment of its first fleet of 100 electric buses. Indeed, 183 e-buses built by BYD are expected in Santiago where they will join another 200 from both BYD and Yutong as reported. Besides, Raimundo Aranguiz, ElectroChile General Manager stated that they had seen “impressive efforts by our government to abate pollution through the availability and encouragement of electric vehicles, taxis, public buses, and even electric scooters. Making Blink equipment available will only help with the adoption of these greener transportation alternatives”.
Chilean Energy Minister Sussana Jimenez had publicly encouraged the adoption of electric vehicles stating the country would like to have 40 per cent of Chile’s private fleet and 100 per cent of public vehicle fleets electrified by 2050.
In terms of corresponding charging infrastructure that is still mostly missing in Chile, this new deal “presents an exciting opportunity to expand the infrastructure needed for the mass adoption of electric vehicles,” according to Michael D. Farkas, Blink Founder and CEO. Blink, together with ElectroChile, says they will educate business owners, companies, and municipalities of the benefits of providing EV charging stations to visitors, shoppers, employees, and constituents. No further details or targets have been disclosed.