Volvo to install 300 chargers for electric vehicles in Mexico
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MEXICO – Volvo already has a few hybrid vehicle options, and by 2030 it plans to have its entire global model line-up to be at least electric or hybrid. To achieve this, manufacturers must also work on the charging infrastructure for these vehicles, which in markets such as Latin America is still scarce.
Luiz Rezende, director of Volvo Car Latin America, mentioned in a video conference that they will work on it, investing in the installation of 300 chargers for electric and plug-in vehicles in Mexico. The chargers will be free to use and will be installed in association with the company ENEL, which will also install chargers in the Southern Cone, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico.
Without detailing the amount required for investment, the manager clarified that this is necessary in countries like Mexico, where there are still shortcomings in investments in the health and education sectors, therefore, it has been the manufacturers who have installed this type of infrastructure.
Volvo's electrification plan has already started in South America. In Brazil, the brand already only sells plug-in hybrid cars, and it will do the same in Uruguay from the third quarter of the year.
The brand stated that in 2021 they expect 20% of their sales in Mexico to be electric or hybrid vehicles, where the XC40 and C40 models, both electric, will soon enter. In addition, they will open 5 new distributors in the country.
In 2020, sales of electric cars in Mexico grew by 49%, despite the impact of the pandemic, and growth is expected to be even higher this year.
Source: Cluster Industrial