Brazil’s EV charging infrastructure is moving ahead with both public and private actors. Volvo, BMW and Portugal-based energy firm EDP are among them, along with Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Siemens, ABB and Electric Mobility Brazil from Sao Paulo.
Brazil’s EV charging infrastructure is being given a boost with 30 different proposals in a program from the Efficient Electric Mobility Solutions program. The program has been put together by Brazils electric energy regulator Aneel with a total budget of 464 million real (or around 110 million euros), of which more 392 million real (about 93 million euros) comes from the regulator’s research and development program. At the same time, energy companies are providing the remainder.
Volvo Cars have started installing 250 EV charging stations, and the company wants to reach 500 by the end of the year. The European carmaker is cooperating with a shopping centre chain Iguatemi and a supermarket chain Pao de Acucar. Volvo Cars say they are building out the network to be compatible with any car complying with European charging standard.
BMW is also working in cooperation with local companies, such as service station network Ipiranga and aim to install some 180 EV charging points. Collaboration with significantly more players is coming from the Portuguese energy company EDP. They are undertaking a 32.9 million real (8.14 million USD) project in partnership with Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Siemens, ABB and Brazilian company Electric Mobility Brasil. The undertaking involves installing ultra-fast chargers able to reach 80% recharging in less than 30 minutes that can service three cars simultaneously.
It seems that the vast spaces to be covered across the country are slowly being threaded by charging stations. For example, one such project is being conducted by Sao Paulo based energy company CPFL, installing chargers along a 750 km route between the port of Paranagua and the city of Foz do Iguacu.
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