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Brazil may require EV charging stations in 2014

26 February 2013

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Brazil, in an effort to attract car manufacturers to invest in local factories, may pass a law requiring power utilities to install electric vehicle charging stations, starting in 2014. Below gives an overview of the proposed bill.

According to the bill, utilities will be required to install charging points next to dedicated parking spaces. Battery electric cars, plug-in hybrids, but also e-scooters and e-bikes fall under the scope of the proposed bill.

The bill requires the government to promote the installation of charging points in residential buildings and private garages.

The bill also requires federal bodies to set the technical standards for these charging points, considering the constant technological changes in the industry.

Breaking the chicken-and-egg situation

What came first, the electric car or the charging post? That's the chicken and egg question that people have been asking for years. The initiative of installing EV charging points has recently emerged in many countries as the most realistic answer the chicken-and-egg question, whereby a lack of charging points is given as the reason for the sluggish sales of electric cars.

Onofre Santo Agostini, co-author of the bill, told Bloomberg during a phone interview that, “No one is going to invest if there is not a law in place mandating the creation of this infrastructure”.

In the justification of the bill, the two authors take the examples of Switzerland, France, UK and California, where authorities have implemented measures to help a technological change in the transport sector in urban areas. Other reasons that justify the bill are that it will ensure Brazil does not fall behind the rest of the world when it comes to the integration of new urban transport solutions, as well as environmental protection.

In Brazil the ‘Instituto de Eletroténica e Energia da Universidade de São Paulo’ (USP) together with electricity provider EDP has installed several EV charging points in the University car park to test the installed capacity of the electricity grid and how well it copes with EV charging, which will likely occur during peak hours.

Next steps

The legislation needs to be approved by three lower-house commissions before it moves to the Senate for a vote, which may happen by the end of the year, according to Agostini’s phone interview with Bloomberg.


Evaldo Costa

Dear friends,

We have three more bills:
1 - Deputado Ângelo Agnolin (PDT-TO) – about manufacture of electric cars and components in Brazil;
2 - Deputado Ronaldo Benedet (PMDB-SC) – 2011. About distribution of electricity for electric cars;
3 - Deputado Irajá Abreu (PSD-TO) – 2010 – Electric and hybrid cars.

We believe that it will not take long to be regulated in Brazil. We have been following the issue closely through

A hug and success

added 2013-02-27 18:50:58
Pierre Wattré
Thank you Evaldo for this additional information! Policy is indeed a good way for companies to innovate. Looking forward to seeing more EV related news from Brazil!
Evaldo Costa
Dear Pierre,
Many tks. I always know that I inform you of updates. On the other hand, can you please provide me the following information?
The outlets charging of electric cars are standardized?
The various manufacturers (Tesla, Ford, Nissan, GM, Toyota etc.) use the same standard outlet?
At the outlet charging station is for all independent electric vehicle manufacturers?
Thank you very much,
Pierre Wattré
Dear Evaldo, sorry for the late reply, on the manufacturer side, the Mennekes Type2 plug (VDE-AR-E 2623-2-2) is widely accepted in Europe for 16/32A charging, only a few countries, arguing that they need Type3 (more or less Type 2 with shutters) use another standard (EV Plug Alliance). However, the European Commission has recently proposed to only use Type2 plugs. This is not confirmed yet but it is very likely to happen.

In the US it is a little bit different, Tesla is playing its own game regarding EV charging, and the others tend to follow the same J1772 standard (for normal speed charging)

Regarding fast charging, there is a "fight" between CHAdeMO and Combo2 charger
Evaldo Costa
Pierre Wattré pls can you send us to total electric and híbrid February sales? Many tks

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