According to the bill, utilities will be required to install charging points next to dedicated parking spaces. Battery electric cars, plug-in hybrids, but also e-scooters and e-bikes fall under the scope of the proposed bill.
The bill requires the government to promote the installation of charging points in residential buildings and private garages.
The bill also requires federal bodies to set the technical standards for these charging points, considering the constant technological changes in the industry.
Breaking the chicken-and-egg situation
What came first, the electric car or the charging post? That's the chicken and egg question that people have been asking for years. The initiative of installing EV charging points has recently emerged in many countries as the most realistic answer the chicken-and-egg question, whereby a lack of charging points is given as the reason for the sluggish sales of electric cars.
Onofre Santo Agostini, co-author of the bill, told Bloomberg during a phone interview that, “No one is going to invest if there is not a law in place mandating the creation of this infrastructure”.
In the justification of the bill, the two authors take the examples of Switzerland, France, UK and California, where authorities have implemented measures to help a technological change in the transport sector in urban areas. Other reasons that justify the bill are that it will ensure Brazil does not fall behind the rest of the world when it comes to the integration of new urban transport solutions, as well as environmental protection.
In Brazil the ‘Instituto de Eletroténica e Energia da Universidade de São Paulo’ (USP) together with electricity provider EDP has installed several EV charging points in the University car park to test the installed capacity of the electricity grid and how well it copes with EV charging, which will likely occur during peak hours.
The legislation needs to be approved by three lower-house commissions before it moves to the Senate for a vote, which may happen by the end of the year, according to Agostini’s phone interview with Bloomberg.