To address the latest developments regarding charging networks for electric vehicles, Latam Mobility organized the virtual meeting Latam Mobility Day Mining, Technology & Charging, where several representatives of leading companies in Latin America offered their point of view regarding “The deployment of charging infrastructure in Latin America: Opportunities for the future”.
Juan Carlos Barahona, Senior Director of USA & Global Operations of Blink Charging, Diego Martins, Regional Manager Latam of Wallbox Chargers and Agustín Labandera, Head of Infrastructure Segment and Distribution Channels of ABB Uruguay, held a lively debate under the guidance of Jessica Ordoñez, Sustainability Director of Invest in Latam.
ABB Uruguay: “It is Necessary to Know the Customer’s Profile”
ABB Uruguay, a global manufacturer of solution products throughout the value chain in power distribution, as well as AC and DC power chargers, points out through Labandera that the low numbers in terms of electric vehicle sales are on paper, that is, the projection shown by Latin America is enough to work and bet on the region.
In 12 years, the progress regarding sustainable mobility supports the work being done in terms of transportation, but being aware of the clear need in establishing charging structures to strengthen the progress in the area, therefore, knowing the customers in depth will be key.
“It is not the same a family living at home to the one living in a building. It is very important to know the usage profile of the vehicles to maximize the return they can have on the investment in vehicles,” says Labandera.
Blink Charging Analyzes a Weakness in Latam: “Lack of Standardized Criteria for Using a Single Charging Protocol”
Blink Charging designs, manufactures and sells charging stations in the level 2 range, operating in 24 countries, with the UK being the most recent region to become part of the company’s repertoire.
Barahona cites the lack of a single charging infrastructure standard as one of the weaknesses in the adoption of electrified mobility in Latin America. “Both direct current and alternating current, mix with J1772 chargers, type 2 chargers, European and Chinese chargers currently exist.”
Faced with this diversity, companies dedicated to the charging sector find themselves in the need to “dilute” resources to be able to cover all the existing needs in the market, slowing down the possibilities of expanding coverage in the region.
Once confidence is generated, a starting point can be created for the projection, growth and continued adoption of the electrification of transportation in Latin America.
Wallbox Chargers: “Between 400,000 and 800,000 Charging Points Should Be Installed in Latin America”.
The region is a territory of opportunities and expansion of electromobility. According to figures offered by Diego Martins, 3.4 million electric vehicles were registered in Latin America, despite difficult to manage factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite this, there are figures that put between 13 and 13.6 million new cars on the road between 2022 and 2025. Citing a Bloomberg study, the projection of electrified vehicles will increase by 2 to 4% between now and 2025.
Given the statistics, Wallbox Chargers attacks the opportunities to continue to grow and develop the charging sector, which is of paramount importance to the success of green energy in the region. Martins highlights that there would be a volume of 300,000 to 500,000 new cars circulating in Latin America.
To meet the coming demand, Martins asserts that between 400,000 and 800,000 charging points should be installed in Latin America, as each person owning an electric vehicle generates the need for 1.5 charging points to keep the car battery charged in any place they wish to visit, such as supermarkets, squares, work, school, among other daily routines.
“Leaving home with a charged electric vehicle gives peace of mind, being able to refuel at night to balance expenses in light services combines perfectly to be key to the success of electrified vehicle mobility.”