Brazil Considers Forcing Utility Companies to Install Public Charging stations

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  Or is that Brasil?

Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Or is that Brasil?

Automakers are reluctant to build plug-in vehicles unless an adequate charging infrastructure is already in place.  Like a skipping record, this statement seems to get repeated all too often.

But Brazil has a solution

Brazilian legislators hope to pass a law by next year that will force utility companies to install public charging stations throughout the county.  This move is said to spur investment by automakers and to create jobs at local factories.

Likely the only two charging points in all of Brazil.

Likely not the only two charging points in all of Brazil, but who knows.

Utilities including Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de Sao Paulo SA (ELPL4) and Centrais Eletricas de Santa Catarina SA (the names of these firms are actually unimportant in the context of this article, but included so we seem like a bright bunch) will be required to develop a charging infrastructure in urban areas and at key points along public roads.  There’s no mention of reimbursing these utilities companies for their efforts.

The law further calls for the government to promote the installation of charging points in residential areas and garages.  We’d assume this will be accomplish through incentives or rebates of some form.

The legislation is in the early stages right now and will likely be tweaked before moving to the Senate for a final vote.  However, most sources within Brazil suggest that a “yes” vote could come by the end of this year.

Pictured on the right are the only two charging stations we could locate in Brazil.  Surely more exist, but they must be few and far between.

The problem we have with this proposed law is that the burden lies on utility companies.  Where it should lie is in the control of private firms seeking to profit.  We can’t continue to rely upon what we’ll call “freebies.”  The market needs to soon shift to profitability.  It’s the same argument that’s been voiced against ethanol in both the US and Brazil for ages now.  It’s time to start making that change.

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4 responses to "Brazil Considers Forcing Utility Companies to Install Public Charging stations"

  1. David Murray says:

    I have no problem with the utility companies installing the charging stations, so long as the utility companies will be able to charge customers for using it. Thus, it can be looked at as an investment. When more EVs show up on the roads, they will eventually make money off of it.

  2. Nelson says:

    FORCE???? WOW, I feel for those utility companies who will have to build this infrastructure that will allow them to sell more of the electricity they make.

    NPNS!
    Volt#671

    1. vdiv says:

      Well, there is also a precedent of sorts, the electric companies are required to install street lights. It is strange to me that they are not jumping at the opportunity to snatch business from big oil and install charging stations.

  3. Herm says:

    You people realize that the big companies wont pay for this?.. it just gets passed along to their captive customers.. its a form of regressive taxation, thus I love it