GM just released a new episode of its new educational web series on electric vehicles in South America that launched last month, in which it states that EVs will have little impact on the power grid in Brazil – the region’s largest auto market.
The automaker recently commissioned a study to determine the impact of the massive deployment of electric vehicles on the power grid of Brazil and other South American countries, which indicates that EVs would represent a low percentage of local electricity consumption with an estimated fleet of 7 million units by the middle of the next decade in three selected markets in the region (Brazil, Chile and Colombia).
In particular, the study commissioned by GM South America concludes that if Brazil follows the global trend of continuous increase in the adoption of zero-emission technology, it will reach 5.5 million electric vehicles by 2035. According to calculations by a local consultancy firm, this fleet would be responsible for the consumption of between only 2 and 3 percent of all the electrical energy produced in that country.
“Four out of five electric car users usually charge their vehicles at home at night, when energy consumption on the grid is lowest,” said Glaucia Roveri, Manager of Infrastructure Development for Electric Vehicles in GM South America. “And the next step in the evolution will be that this type of car will be able to supply energy to power homes and the electricity grid itself at peak times, further reducing the risk of overloading the system even with a larger fleet of EVs in circulation in Brazil,” she added.
The low impact of electric vehicles on the Brazilian energy network by 2035 projects a favorable scenario for the massive deployment of EVs in the country and the rest of the region, with high potential for growth of the technology due to the wide natural reserves. In addition, another benefit is that the cost of a zero-emission car per kilometer is approximately four times less than that of an internal combustion model.
GM recently announced its strategy to lead growth in the electric vehicle segment in South America, where it confirmed the upcoming arrival of three Chevrolet EV models in the main countries of the region. The product onslaught will begin later this year with the regional launch of the new Chevy Bolt EUV in Colombia, followed by the all-new Chevy Blazer EV and Chevy Equinox EV at a later date.