February 24 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian utility Engie Brasil Energia SA (BMVF:EGIE3) and German carmaker Audi (ETR:NSU) are partnering up to install 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Brazil by 2022.
The chargers will have 22 kW of power and be fire, shock and weather proof, Engie said. The partnership comes after the announcement of the arrival in Brazil of the Audi e-tron, the company's 100% electric SUV, in the first half of April.
Currently, Brazil has 7,500 hybrid and electric cars in circulation. The country estimates the number will reach 212,000 in 2030, with 24,000 charging stations in public places. For Engie Brasil CEO, Mauricio Bahr, this data shows that the local market is very promising.
Engie intends to reach 1 million charging units worldwide by 2025. The company may enter the Brazilian urban mobility sector in the future, including the rental of electric buses, as cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have laws that require public transport to cut emissions to zero in the upcoming years.