ICE installs fast electric vehicle chargers in Costa Rica


The Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (ICE) has begun installation of 28 fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the country.

The new charging stations form part of an update and modernisation of the EV charging network in Costa Rica and will be installed at strategic points across the country.

The charging stations with a maximum capacity of 100kW were built exclusively for the ICE network. They include these three types of connectors, CCS1, CHAdeMO and GB/T, with the aim of offering the options most used in Costa Rica and allowing connection with American, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European EVs.

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The stations also permit dual mode of operation with CCS1 and one of the other two types.

“These chargers strengthen the movement of electric vehicles in Costa Rica,” comments Irene Cañas, executive president of ICE.

“We will have more power, with several types of connectors in the same station, and we will reinforce the points already available in our concession area.”

The project being undertaken with finance from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is due to be completed by the end of 2020.

With the implementation of these new charging points, ICE is complying with government requirements for the promotion of electric transport in Costa Rica. The country considers itself as a regional leader in e-mobility.

In addition to these charging stations, ICE subsidiary Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) will install four fast chargers between 2020 and 2021, which will add to the four that it operates in Escazú, Paso Ancho, Guadalupe and Curridabat.

Recently, the administrative board of the Municipal Electric Service of Cartago (JASEC) inaugurated a fast charger in the canton of El Guarco to the south of the capital San José.

As part of its e-mobility activities, ICE has added a hundred EVs to its own vehicle fleet. The company also is playing a key role in the rollout of e-mobility in public transport.

ICE is the state company providing electricity and communications across Costa Rica.