By Aaron Humes: Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is betting big on a sustainable future with the introduction of what it calls an “electric vehicle charging ecosystem.”
24 charging stations, starting with the first at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, will be built to accommodate what is expected to be a rise in the use of electric and hybrid vehicles.
One of the first buyers of an electric vehicle in Belize, Ruth Esquivel, raved about her Nissan vehicle, which she says she only has to service approximately every nine to 10 months, for approximately half the cost of buying gas and lower maintenance costs.
Sean Fuller, General Manager of Commercial and Retail Services for BEL, says you can pay by tying your mobile app to your regular BEL account; for tourists, BEL will accept credit cards, or there may be a prepaid option.
And for those worried about the disposal of batteries, BEL, says Fuller, will develop plans to reuse batteries on the national electricity grid as well as disassemble spent batteries and vehicle chassis; but the power company has no plans to get into selling such vehicles.
Vehicle dealers Caribbean and King Motors say they are ready with models of electric vehicles from private vehicles to vehicles for delivery and service. Automobile technicians now have an opportunity to retrain in the handling of these vehicles.
And Minister of Public Utilities Michel Chebat indicated that the Government sees electric vehicle usage as key to its national energy and transport plans.