Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the state-owned utility company, will invest about US$ 3 million for the installation of 100 charging stations for electric cars in different parts of the country.
This way, users of plug-in electrified vehicles will have in the country more than 1,600 "electrolineras", a term that has been coined in Mexico for this type of stations, product of the combination of the words "electricity" and "gasolineras", name given to gas stations.
During the presentation of his report on environmental matters, Jaime Hernandez, general director of the CFE, said that at the end of last year there were 1,521 recharging stations in Mexico, a three-digit boost considering that in 2015 there were just 194 points.
Approximately 70% of the charging stations are state-owned and 30% are private. These are located mainly in Mexico City and the states of Nuevo Leon and Aguascalientes, where 50% of the owners of the electrified vehicles are concentrated.
While filling a tank with gasoline costs around US$ 40, the recharge for electric cars costs on average between 1 and 4 dollars, with the inconvenience that the latter process can take up to four hours.
The CFE has relied on agreements with automakers such as BMW and retail companies such as Wal-Mart to develop this infrastructure.