The Government of Costa Rica announced on Tuesday that at the end of 2019 the country will have 34 charging stations for electric vehicles, as part of the initiatives to promote the transformation towards clean technologies.
"Today we announce the first 34 centers that will be installed by December and that will allow the population to move in an electric vehicle throughout the territory without fear of running out of battery," announced the first lady of Costa Rica, Claudia Double.
The first lady, architect by profession and who leads clean transport projects, explained that they are fast recharging centers in which users can charge 80% of their vehicle's battery in an estimated time of 20 minutes.
Of the 34 stations, 29 will be in charge of the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute, 4 will be of the state-owned Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, and one will correspond to the Administrative Board of the Electric Services of the province of Cartago (center).
This Tuesday, the Government also signed the decree that regulates the location of all the loading points that should be placed by the electricity distributors, in accordance with the Law of Incentives and Promotion for Electric Transport.
As of 2020, recharging centers of energy distributors affiliated with the Chamber of Energy Distribution and Telecommunications Companies will be integrated.
The regulation also establishes the creation of a computer platform for the operational management and charging of the cargo network, which the user will access through a mobile or web application to reserve the loader and pay for the service.
The Costa Rican government indicated that the initiative is another important step to move towards the decarbonization of the economy, within the framework of the 2018-2050 National Plan presented for that purpose last February.
This plan aims to abolish the use of fossil fuels by the year 2050, for which the transformation of the fleet of vehicles to other technologies such as electricity is essential.
Costa Rica has an incentive law in force for electric transport that is complemented by the National Electric Transportation Plan, initiatives that aim to promote the use of zero emissions technology and decarbonize the transport sector.
These initiatives include exemptions for vehicles and their spare parts, financing possibilities with preferential conditions, as well as agreements with importers of electric vehicles to facilitate the acquisition of automobiles.
They also seek to facilitate regulations for the assembly and production of electric mobility technology, as well as to ensure the necessary infrastructure of recharging centers.
"In presenting the Decarbonisation Plan, Costa Rica made clear its commitment to become a modern, green, emission-free, resilient and inclusive economy," Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Rodríguez said Tuesday.
This implies, he added, "to electrify the transport and ensure the population a recharging infrastructure network that allows users to travel in the national territory."