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With the focus on electromobility, what regulation logics do distributors “demand”?

Projecting around a million electric vehicles in 15 years in the regional capitals, Latin American distributors request updates to the regulation of each country to adapt to electromobility.

As we always mention, the ecosystem and regulation of electromobility has many actors. This time, several gathered at the Mobility Portal event entitled “Electric and Sustainable Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean – Success Stories 2023”.

Within this framework, Ignacio Santelices, executive director of the Association of Latin American Electricity Distributors (ADELAT), offers his position on electric vehicles in the sector he represents.

“The world of distribution is demanding to update regulations that have been going on for decades and respond to a different logic,” says Santelices.

And he adds: “In this scenario of electrification of consumption and in which we are going to multiply the amount of electricity, we have to work with different logics.”

The professional participated in the panel “Projects for the expansion of the electric vehicle recharging infrastructure” in which several of the participants agreed on the need for standards that talk among themselves to promote the market.

Specifically, the director of ADELAT requests: “Bring the regulations into the 21st century and prepare us for what is to come, which is going to be tremendous because we are not prepared in the region to fully address the energy transition we are experiencing.”

When asked which actors should regulate the charging infrastructure space, Santelices’s response was: “There are two actors: the superintendence or the energy regulator and the transport regulator that have to work in coordination.”

In this sense, the argument indicated that the transport authorities would be in charge of the standard in, for example, conversion of vehicles and safety of electric vehicles. And, on the other hand, the energy authorities must regulate the charge.

“We need to have a well-integrated and comprehensive vision of these challenges, we have to see how we make a great reform and address the issue of transmission, distribution of electric vehicles, charging, etc.,” says the representative of ADELAT.

From what was stated in the participation of the event, the conclusion is that this comprehensive vision is important for regulators from different countries to have.

Regarding what electromobility represents for the distribution sector, Santelices explains: “It is a tremendous challenge for the distributors of the future and it is a relatively immediate future.”

ADELAT does not rule out thinking that in less than 15 years in the capital cities of the region between 700,000 and one million electric vehicles will circulate.

Faced with this scenario, Santelices admits: “We have to prepare the electrical networks for that moment and for that we have to make new investments, have new regulations, flexibility and digitization in order to have the charging systems coordinated.”