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- Photo via the Juan Santamarķa International Airport  -

New power charging stations at Costa Rica's main airport

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Published on Thursday, March 7, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At the Juan Santamarķa International Airport (SJO), in Alajuela Province, six high-power charging stations designated only for battery electric taxis were inaugurated.

These stations are part of a pilot project designed to expand the number of charging stations for electric vehicles, according to AERIS, the organization in charge of managing the airport.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provided a loan to cover the $30,000 cost of the stations. GEF is an international environmental fund that lends money to developing nations for projects about climate change and biodiversity, among other issues.

"We are happy to support these kinds of initiatives because sustainability is the path we have set to operate the Juan Santamarķa International Airport," stated Juan Belliard, the airport's Director of Operations and Security.

The Costa Rican-USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), led the plan in collaboration with the Ministries of Environment and Public Transportation as well as other governmental agencies including the Electricity Institute (ICE).

"The transformation of public transportation in the country is a challenge that requires coordination between institutions and, through this pilot plan, it has been possible to demonstrate that this is possible, " said Flora Montealegre, executive director of the CRUSA Foundation.

ICE will be in charge of the power charging stations' operations.

The recent purchase of four Striker ARFF fire trucks at SJO is another improvement.  The trucks were requested from the U.S. company Oshkosh Corporation for about $6.8 million.

What additional equipment should Costa Rica get to upgrade the SJO facility? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com