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Mexico, Without a Clear Direction in the Race to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure

Mexico, Without a Clear Direction in the Race to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure

While authorities propose public-private collaboration, some businessmen maintain that the push should be led primarily by the government.

Mexico faces a considerable challenge: the lack of a clear strategy to expand electric vehicle charging facilities. Although the country has made commitments to reduce emissions, the absence of a defined plan contrasts with other markets, such as the United States, which have plans, with specific amounts and responsible parties to promote charging infrastructure.

In the Mexican market there are 1,189 charging points for electric cars, a figure that has not changed in the last year. To fully join the electromobility trend, it is key to increase this network of connectors. 

However, the necessary investment is not clearly defined, and it has not been established whether it will be shared between the private initiative and the authorities.

Mexico City leads electrification in the country, both in sales and in the number of chargers, and Fadlala Akabani, Secretary of Economic Development of Mexico City, points out that some companies are already demanding greater charging infrastructure, especially for transportation. last mile.

“It is necessary to install more infrastructure considering both private investment and public investment. In my opinion, next year we could have a clearer understanding of the amount of investment required by both instances to strengthen the energy transition,” he mentioned in an interview with Expansión.

The debate about who should lead investment in infrastructure for more sustainable mobility is extensive. While authorities suggest that private initiative and the government should share responsibility, some businessmen argue that the push should come primarily from authorities.

Amid the political situation in Mexico, automotive electrification has not captured the attention of presidential candidates, unlike the electoral context in the United States four years ago, when Joe Biden, then Democratic candidate, presented proposals focused on combating climate change. with an investment of two billion dollars.

In mid-2022, Biden's project was approved by US lawmakers, allocating $900 million exclusively for the installation of half a million chargers. This ambitious approach aims to cover 85,000 kilometers of roads from coast to coast. In contrast, in Mexico, the proportion of available chargers compared to the growing vehicle fleet of electric cars remains challenging, with a current proportion of seven cars for each connector.

In August alone, according to data from the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), 1,386 electric cars were sold, tripling the year-on-year figure. Despite this growth in demand for electric cars, charging infrastructure remains stagnant, underscoring the urgent need for a clear and coordinated strategy to boost electric mobility in Mexico.

Ahead of the 2024 presidential elections, the business sector plans to develop a schedule to propose concrete solutions to the candidates. Carlos Flores Vargas, general director of Corazón Capital, maintains that drawing up a roadmap towards electrification is a "pending task" for the authorities. The private initiative is willing to invest, but more detailed planning is required by the government.

“Our work plan is to articulate all our goals to put together a plan for the next moment, for the renewal of public powers, to say that as a private initiative we propose this or that,” he explains in an interview with Expansión .

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