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Guyana’s first electric vehicle charging stations expected in four months

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The first major step to kick-off Guyana’s automotive transition is drawing near.

The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) expects the first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, part of a pilot project, to arrive in February 2023.

The project includes the supply of six charging stations to be placed across the coast.

The contract was awarded to Flash Motors Company Limited of Jamaica, Chief Executive Officer of GEA, Dr. Mahender Sharma, told OilNOW.

He said the expected date is based on the manufacturing cycle.

The government does not expect widespread importation of EVs to occur at this juncture but sees the installation of the first charging stations as a catalyst.

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“Electric vehicles offer a significant opportunity to shift to a sustainable form of energy and promote a high penetration of renewable energy in the electricity sector,” Dr. Sharma said.

The CEO, based on his own experience, has vouched for the comfort and efficiency of EVs. The GEA had brought in a Nissan Leaf 2019, which is charged on the weekend with solar power.

GEA has also procured its second vehicle, expected to arrive in November this year.

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