The new chargers have a maximum capacity of 100 kilowatts.
- Institute of Electricity photo -

Published Monday, November 16, 2020

28 electric charging stations
installation begins

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week the installation of 28 electric charging stations for vehicles begins in various areas of the country, confirmed the Institute of Electricity.

According to the institute, the new chargers have a maximum capacity of 100 kilowatts. They allow plugging vehicles with devices type CCS1, CHAdeMO or GB / T, which are the standards used in American, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European electrical vehicles. Due to those having a dual operating mode for the CCS1.

In the beginning, these charging stations were built exclusively for the ICE network with the goal of offering the options most used in Costa Rica, such as BMW, BYD, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen in the same cargo area and Xpeng. The institute expects to complete the installation of the charging stations this year.

"These chargers strengthen the movement of electric vehicles in Costa Rica," Irene Cañas, president of the institute said. "We will have more power, with several types of connectors in the same station, and we will strengthen the points already available in our concession area."

According to the institute, with the implementation of these 28 charging stations, the country consolidates itself as a regional leader in electric mobility and advances to achieve the objectives of the National Decarbonization Plan.

The charging station installations were financed with a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank. However, the institute did not provide information on the amount of the loan.

In addition, the National Power and Light Company announced that it is in the process of installing four fast chargers for electric vehicles. These are added to the other four that are already installed in the cantons of Escazú, Paso Ancho, Guadalupe and Curridabat, all of these in San José Province.

Recently, the Administrative Board of the Municipal Electric Service of Cartago, JASEC, inaugurated an electric charging station in El Guarco Canton, Cartago Province.

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