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Brazil May Require Electric-Vehicle Charging Stations Next Year

Brazil may pass a law next year requiring power utilities to install electric-vehicle charging stations as the nation seeks to spur investments by carmakers in local factories, according to a lawmaker.

Utilities including Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de Sao Paulo SA and Centrais Eletricas de Santa Catarina SA will have to develop the charging infrastructure in urban areas and along public roads, according to Onofre Santo Agostini, a member of the lower house who represents the Social Democratic Party, known as PSD, in Santa Catarina state. Agostini co-authored the bill with Heuler Cruvinel, also of the PSD.

Carmakers will only develop new production lines for electric cars if the infrastructure is in place to support the vehicles, Agostini said in a telephone interview today from Brasilia.

“No one’s going to invest if there isn’t a law in place mandating the creation of this infrastructure,” he said.

The law also requires the government to promote the installation of recharge points in residential areas and garages, according to the bill.

The legislation needs to be approved by three lower-house commissions before it moves to the Senate for a vote, which may happen by the end of the year, he said.

Europe has more than 1,500 charging stations for electric vehicles and is installing more, according to the bill.

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