Codensa and Emgesa, in partnership with BMW, Nissan, ByD, Renault and Unicentro Mall, commissioned the first public electric charging station in the country. The new facility is located at Unicentro Bogotá’s parking lot and will be open to all owners of private EVs currently being marketed in the Colombian capital, as it is equipped with connectors compatible with all brands.
This service station, whose investment was about 230 million pesos (USD 107,000) is equipped with two DC charging connectors (fast charge) and three AC connectors (conventional charge), where drivers can simultaneously charge two vehicles for periods from 15 minutes to six hours.
It features European technology at 50 kW and for its construction the companies installed a similar electric infrastructure to that of a medium sized substation. It has real capacity of up to 96 charges per day, considering 24/7 of operation, which will service 280 cars per month, with a universal charging that can be used for all the models currently marketed in the country.
To get the charging service, EV owners will have two options: one by purchasing a package of 40 recharging units (USD 10) that offers an estimated range of about 240 km. The second option is paying per consumption. These two options may be charged to the energy bill of the vehicle owner. Additionally, from June Codensa will enable a mobile application available for smartphones and tablets, with which the client may separate spaces with specific schedule, among other benefits.
Source: City of Bogotá