South America Plugin Automobile Markets, A Transient Overview — Half 2: Chile & Brazil


By Juan Diego Celemín Mojica

“Passionate for all issues Latin American, I’ve been carefully following the vitality and mobility transitions since they began to be current south of the Equator.”

For those who missed half 1 of this collection, see: South American Plugin Automobile Markets, A Transient Overview — Half 1: Argentina, Peru, & Ecuador.


Chile has fairly a major car marketplace for a rustic its measurement, bigger than each Colombia’s and Argentina’s regardless of having little greater than a 3rd of the inhabitants of both.

Chile provides some advantages to EV consumers, together with preferential depreciation charges for firms and cheaper transit permits. Nonetheless, there’s no info obtainable on further reductions, tariff exemptions, or preferential tax charges, though the nation has a dedication to attain 100% EV gross sales within the mild car market by 2035. If any Chilean reader might want to present further info, it will likely be effectively obtained.

EV numbers in Chile

In the course of the first 6 months of 2022, Chile has bought a complete of 827 plug-in automobiles, 247 of that are PHEVs and 553 BEVs. Although nonetheless a small quantity (just under 0.4% of complete gross sales, which stood at 222,453 automobiles within the first half of the 12 months), the nation nonetheless has seen speedy progress and is aiming to cross the 0.5% mark for pure BEVs earlier than the top of the 12 months. It’s good to say that, save for the acquisition of 650 electrical buses, the plugin market was virtually nonexistent in Chile earlier than 2021.

Apparently, not like different international locations within the area, Chile at the moment lacks a big presence from Chinese language automakers (except for the electrical buses beforehand talked about). From the highest 10 manufacturers in 2022’s first semester, just one is Chinese language:

1 VOLVO 145
2 DS 140
3 BMW 111
4 MAXUS 87
7 MINI 28
8 AUDI 27

Three European firms full the rostrum positions, with a Chinese language one (Maxus), a Japanese one (Nissan), and a Korean one (Hyundai) being the one non-European contributors of the highest 10.

Sadly, I used to be unable to find info relating to the gross sales numbers for particular fashions. A few of them could be inferred (like all Nissans being LEAFs, all Porsches being Taycans, or all Hyundais being Ioniqs), and it’s value noting that Maxus is a utility model, which provides primarily utility automobiles, together with pickup vehicles, mild vehicles, vans, and one SUV.

Charging infrastructure in Chile

Regardless of a comparatively low gross sales quantity, Chile is already getting ready for the long run, and a major variety of charging stations — each quick and gradual — have been deployed, numbering as many as 247 in April 2022. The nation’s geography, in an extended north–south axis, facilitates the creation of electrified corridors. Enel — an Italian electrical energy and fuel firm which operates in lots of Latin American international locations, together with Chile — has vowed to construct essentially the most formidable charging infrastructure undertaking of the continent right here: 1,200 stations connecting the nation by 2024.

Remaining feedback

There are some things value mentioning about Chile. The nation was the pioneer on electrical bus purchases, with the primary 100 arriving in December 2018, one other 183 in 2019, and as many as 3,500 projected for the next years. In some unspecified time in the future this made it the nation with the most important electrical bus fleet exterior of China! Nonetheless, Colombia has now taken this place. To date, one other 1,022 buses have been bought from Chinese language automaker Foton and can arrive to the nation within the coming months.

It’s additionally value mentioning a Chilean startup known as Reborn Electrical Motors is aiming to supply electrical buses regionally. They’ve already constructed the primary ones and have a deliberate capability of 200 buses a 12 months — although, doubtless batteries and motors (at the least) will come from overseas. Time will inform whether or not Chile — being positioned subsequent to the so known as “Lithium Triangle” — will be capable of ultimately develop native manufacturing of battery cells and packs.


A large in all features, Brazil accounts for effectively over half your entire South American car market, so it was certain to look on this rating. Attributable to its huge measurement, the Brazilian market accounts for the most important variety of BEVs bought in any nation within the area. Although, proportionally, it’s nonetheless a small market. Brazil can also be the most important automotive producer in South America, and in some unspecified time in the future, Tesla appeared to need a gigafactory there, however these days just one native producer makes a speciality of electrical automobiles: Hitech Electrical.

EV numbers in Brazil

To date in 2022, the Brazilian market has seen 917,942 car gross sales, of which 3,843 have been BEVs (0.4%) and 19,764 have been … hybrids, together with each HEVs and PHEVs. This is without doubt one of the fundamental points with Brazilian information: up till 2021, it principally categorized all electrified automobiles as “electrical.” This 12 months, it has two classes: “electrical” and “hybrid” … and good luck determining what number of automobiles are PHEVs and what number of are HEVs. Due to this, I used to be unable to make a graph displaying EV adoption month-to-month, as I’ve executed with different international locations, and I’ll ditch PHEVs and solely speak about BEVs on this part. 

In any case, BEV gross sales numbers have been negligible till 2019 or so (one may argue their market share nonetheless is), however since then they’ve been rising at very excessive charges, with the primary six months of 2022 already surpassing the overall gross sales of 2021.

Likewise, Brazilian information apparently prioritizes mannequin gross sales over model gross sales, so listed here are the highest 20 BEVs bought in Brazil:

1 VOLVO XC40 629
2 RENAULT Kangoo 393
3 VOLVO C40 370
4 JAC E-JS1 317
5 MINI Cooper 217
7 RENAULT Zoe 191
8 FIAT 500e 164
9 CITROËN Jumpy 148
10 PORSCHE Taycan 147
11 JAC E-JS4 114
12 AUDI e-tron 105
13 PEUGEOT E-Skilled 78
14 BMW i3 52
15 BYD TAN 46
16 BMW iX 36
17 BYD ET3 23
18 TESLA Mannequin S 18
18 TESLA Mannequin Y 18
19 JAC E-J7 17
20 JAC IEV 20 14

Sadly, no equal info might be discovered relating to PHEVs (which most likely surpass BEV gross sales by fairly some margin), so a extra complete high 10 couldn’t be constructed.

Regardless, the highest 20 BEVs current a really attention-grabbing image, with solely two Chinese language automakers (JAC and BYD) current in any respect, three European fashions (two from Volvo) on the rostrum, and European firms far and wide. Just one non-European mannequin makes it into the highest 5, solely two within the high 10.

It’s essential to say that the JAC E-JS1 is similar JAC E10X being bought in Colombia and Mexico. Nonetheless, as a result of excessive tariffs and low to zero exemptions for BEVs, this automotive prices much more in Brazil than in both of those international locations, at $159,900 BRL or $31,370 USD at present change charges. 

Honorary point out to the Renault Kwid E-Tech, a powered-up model of the Dacia Spring which is able to arrive in Brazil within the coming months. In accordance with the knowledge obtainable, over 700 automobiles are at the moment in path to the nation, and all of them have already been bought.

Relating to charging infrastructure, there is no such thing as a centralized info, however a fast search in Electromaps for charging stations over 50kW provides a grim view, with many of the nation having solely the occasional charger, except for a really developed hall from Florianopolis to Ciudad del Este and increasing into Paraguay’s Asunción.

Remaining feedback

Brazil should up its recreation. Regardless of main the area in absolute gross sales, numbers are nonetheless effectively under what they might be, and infrastructure is missing. Present BEV charges have been rising very quick, however as a result of excessive tariffs within the nation, it’s exhausting to assume EVs could make a major dent within the native market till an area automaker begins producing them.


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