During the first half of 2022, record numbers of electric vehicle registrations have been recorded in Latin America. In Chile it increased 189% with respect to 2021, while in Argentina more than 3,000 cars were accounted for.
In Brazil, the situation is also on the rise and there are already more than 100,000 electrified cars on the streets of the Amazonian country. According to data from the Brazilian Association of Electric Vehicles (ABVE), 100,292 electric or light hybrid vehicles are in circulation, mainly thanks to the significant increase in sales this year.
Between January and June 2022 alone, 20,427 light hybrid and electric vehicles were sold, compared to 13,899 in the same period of 2021. This translates into a 47% increase in units sold a year ago.
Results and Policies
These data endorse the efforts made by Brazil to promote electromobility. For example, in 2020, the National Electric Mobility Platform (PNME) was formed by important stakeholders from government, industry, academia and civil society to identify long-term goals.
With some specific policies and an expectation to expand the charging network, the South American nation seeks to move forward a little further.
A bill was recently approved that generates tax incentives for the development of electric mobility and research. The proposal was taken up by the Science and Technology Commission (CCT) and they plan to follow up on it during the next year.
The initiative arises as part of the 2030 Agenda to which the country is committed, which proposes the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and Greenhouse Gases (GHG) to improve air quality and thus promote a better life for citizens.
Challenges to be Conquered
Despite the increase in electric vehicles, ABVE President Carlos Augusto Serra commented that the government needs to implement more electro mobility policies with less taxes for the sector and more facilities for drivers to recharge their vehicles.
“These are very good numbers, but we represent a small global proportion if we take into account that there will be an estimated 30 million electric vehicles in the world by the end of this year. We still have a long way to go,” he told Xinhua news agency.
He detailed that Brazil currently has approximately 1,500 charging points available in the main cities and highways, but it is still not enough to reach the goal set for the end of the year, which includes 3,000 supply centers and some 10,000 in three years.