Plan to strengthen electric mobility

Regulation & Policy    Sep 21, 2021 4:09 PM

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) announced measures to strengthen electric mobility in the country.

The head of the Office of Regulatory and Business Affairs of MinEnergia, Julian Rojas, said that Colombia has written regulations for service stations to offer energy charging for hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EV), Valora Analitik reported.

Colombia has more than 300 charging points at the fast and semi-fast levels that are established in 117 stations at present.

Bogota and Antioquia are the departments with the most charging points (66%), followed by Valle del Cauca and Quindio.

Rojas recalled that the government established the minimum standardization and market conditions to implement charging infrastructure for EVs and plug-in hybrids.

The expert said that this solved the need to standardize the connector that the vehicles come with.

“The station will be able to put as many chargers as it wants depending on how the market evolves. The charging price will be free,” Rojas said.

Rojas announced that MinEnergia and Icontec, together with the IDB, are close to finalizing work to adopt a package of technical standards for EVs (technical specifications, safety, interoperability, electric, and vehicle testing procedures).

In addition, the IDB, together with MinEnergia, has analyzed regulatory requirements related to interoperability, with charging infrastructure communication protocols.

On the other hand, a strategy on energy efficiency standards for new light vehicles is in process, together with the Ministry of Environment (MinAmbiente), Cepal, Euroclima and Fiap, which is expected to be ready by the end of the second quarter of 2022.

The goal is to increase the average performance of the country’s vehicles.

Bottom-Line: Improving the charging infrastructure is one of the main challenges to boost electric mobility in the country.

The government continues to make efforts to advance this issue, and companies are responding to these efforts.

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