Regulation & Policy Jul 13, 2021 4:30 PM
The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) defined the market conditions and the minimum connector standard that may be installed in electric vehicle charging stations.
This with the aim of boosting the charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and hybrids in Colombia, La Republica reported.
The new charging stations must have at least a Type 1 connector for charging level 2 and 3 of alternating power. In addition, these facilities will have at least one CCS Combo 1 connector for direct current charging level 3.
“With this new regulation, we are promoting the entry of new charging service providers. Colombians who purchase their EV will be able to count on a greater number of charging stations,” Mesa said.
The price of the charging service will be freely set by the provider, to promote competitive and efficient prices for users.
The regulation establishes that the energy supply for EVs in stations will be a charging service and not a domiciliary public service or energy commercialization activity.
It is important to remember that Colombians can access different benefits by purchasing an EV, such as being exempted from ‘Pico y Placa’, 10% discount on insurance and discount on the technical-mechanical review, among others.
Bottom-Line: This is one of the news that the EV sector has been waiting for a long time. Sales have increased, despite the pandemic and social unrest, but the industry needed this regulation to boost the charging infrastructure.