Connector type for EV charging stations

Regulation & Policy    Jun 3, 2021 5:13 PM

The government, through the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia), announced the final draft for the implementation of charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrids.

The draft establishes the minimum standardization and market conditions for the implementation of EV charging infrastructure, Valora Analitik reported.

“Every EV and plug-in hybrid charging service provider will have at least a type one connector in accordance with SAE J1772 or its national equivalent in all its AC level two and level three charging stations,” the document said in its article four.

The document said that it will have at least one CCS combo one connector, in accordance with SAE J1772 or its national equivalent, at all its DC level three charging stations.

Portal Movilidad said that the change in the choice of connector type is surprising, since authorities had opted for type two in the first instance.

This modification is due to the observations made by the companies to the authorities, according to Portal Movilidad.

The entity said that the project needs the approval of the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce.

The document said that “the supply of electric energy for EVs or plug-in hybrids in charging stations is considered as a charging service and not as a domestic public service.”

The bill, in article seven, refers to tariffs, giving freedom to set prices.

“The price of charging service of EVs or plug-in hybrids at charging stations will be set freely,” the document said.

Bottom-Line: Sales of EVs and hybrids are growing rapidly in the country and no doubt this news is a breakthrough for the market.

This will be fundamental to increase electric charging infrastructure projects in Colombia.

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