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EVs in Brazil: starting at the end?

EVs in Brazil: starting at the end?

Some of the big automakers are announcing the beginning of production - still in 2019 - of electric vehicles in Brazil . 

The news is great because it puts the country in "the global race". But ... how about the associated infrastructure? 

How to enable the value chain - capital intensive - involving generation, transmission and distribution to charge this massive additional load? Or, even distributed generation (such as photovoltaics) how to deal with the source's intermittence?

The big challenge is to make available the supply of energy, in a competitive way to load the vehicles. It is a work that needs to be done with careful planning, well in advance, with clear rules, legal solidity and therefore predictability.

Brazil needs ASAP to "start at the beginning"

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Matt Chester on April 22, 2019

It's definitely important to look forward to the type of infrastructure challenges/opportunities from utilities that you mention, but what about the even more basic ones-- is charging infrastructure in place in Brazil yet? Would most people be able to charge at home or with chargers at their offices? How's that situation currently stand?

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Rafael Herzberg on April 22, 2019

Right now an EV owner would have to charge at home (with a few exceptions). There are some demonstration charging stations but one would heva to consider - so far - to have the EV fully charged at home and make sure that the anticipated intenary is within the battery range. Actually just the very well off are able to purchase an EV these days in Brazil. 

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