Mexico’s first electric car charging stations offers free fill ups

Owners of electric vehicles around Mexico City can officially fill up for free as the country opens its first charging stations. The stations, which are located in the parking facilities of Walmart Supercenters in Interlomas, Toreo, Perisur and Taxqueña, are the first of 30 planned stations.

The stations were created via an alliance of three businesses and CFE. Walmart provided the space, Schneider Electric provided the electrical installation and BMW Group provided the chargers, while CFE supplies the electricity. There is no charge to fill up using the stations.

BMW Marketing Director, Laura Crepso, explains these four stations are the first of 30 planned for the Valley of Mexico this year.

BMW’s i3 and Nissan’s Leaf, both electric models, began selling throughout Mexico in 2014. Both models average 130 kms per full charge with a maximum speed of about 150 km/h.

The Mexican government estimates there are approximately 200 electric vehicles circulating around the country with hopes these numbers increase.