Mexico lays the foundations to promote the use of hybrid and electric vehicles

Despite the fact that hybrid and electric vehicles have been available on the international market for over 10 years, there are barely 222 units in circulation in Mexico, compared with 290,000 in the USA and close to 44,000 on the streets of Norway. With the aim of promoting e-mobility in the country, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and Mexico’s Automotive Industry Association (AMIA) have signed a collaboration agreement to promote the use of hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as the strategic installation of charging infrastructures for EVs (charging stations). Within the framework of this agreement, the CFE and the AMIA will work together to foster sustainable mobility and to maintain an open dialogue with the different vehicle manufacturers to stimulate the growth of the EV and hybrid market in Mexico.

The first steps to promote the sector in Mexico are already being taken, specifically in the case of the charging infrastructures. For this the CFE and AMIA have reached an agreement put in place the required public (charging stations) and private (independent meters) infrastructures that this type of technology demands.

Exclusive or independent meters to be installed by the CFE in those Mexican homes that request them for charging EVs is of great importance in promoting e-mobility throughout the country. These exclusive meters aim to separate consumption in the home from the consumption related to charging the batteries of EVs that, in line with the CFE’s figures, could amount to between $8,000 and $10,000 pesos (between approximately 500 and 625 €). These new meters prevent the charging impacting on the electricity bills of domestic users.

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2015