Electric Vehicles get a new charging station in Cuenca

Electric vehicles that circulate in Cuenca have a new energy station to charge them at. This is the first charging station implemented in the city that was created by students of the Catholic University of Cuenca in the laboratories of the University of Cuenca.

There is no exact number of how many of these vehicles are in the city. While the Mobility Company, EMOV, says that there are around 20, the Association of Automotive Companies of Ecuador (AEADE), says that of the 441 electric vehicles nationwide, 10 percent circulate in Cuenca, or around 44.

Cars, bicycles, motorcycles and electric scooters can also be charged at this new station installed in the Parque de la Madre parking lot. The objective of the Municipality of Cuenca, promoter of the initiative, is to encourage the use of electric vehicles to avoid pollution.


Eduardo Barrera, Carlos Ramón, Xavier Chérrez and Duver Veintimilla, students of the Catholic University of Cuenca, were the creators of the charging.

“The station works with alternating current and connects to 220 volts. It can be installed in any home or public space,” Chérrez said.

The students highlighted the simple use of the station. “Once the station is connected to the vehicle using the SAEJ1772 standard (an electrical connector), communication between the station and the vehicle begins,” Ramón added.

After establishing such communication, the transfer of energy to the vehicle begins. “It is completely safe, without the risk of electric shock,” Barrera said.

The charge will have no cost during the first six months, “what the owner of an electric vehicle will have to pay, it will only be the use value for the parking lot,” said Veintimilla.

The students chose the installation of a “slow charge” energy dispenser because it is capable of providing up to 100% of a battery charge; “fast charge” stations only provide up to 85% of a charge. The charging time is up to four hours and lasts up to three days, depending on the use of the vehicle.

“The slow charge is more efficient and extends the life of the automotive batteries,” said Juan Carlos Aguirre, EMOV manager.

According to the official, the electric charging stations do not differ much from a gas station; the user approaches the dispenser and plugs the hose into the car. “Fuel will not be obtained, but electricity. And, in addition, it will take longer to fill, depending on the level of load that the vehicle requires. ”

Cost Comparison

Filling a 12-gallon tank with super gasoline costs $38.00 and with extra, $22.20. In an electric car, it is necessary to recharge twice, at a cost of $2.00 each charge, fees ​​that EMOV will assume through an agreement with the Centrosur Company, for six months.

“After the pilot tests, it will be evaluated to install more charging points, or failing that, to start issuing the rate generation for each of the refills,” according to the EMOV manager.

In the automotive market, the distance and electric car can go on a charge depends on the models. For example, the Kia Soul is between 160 to 200 kilometers per load.

Among other characteristics that Chérrez explained, an electric car does not have wear on parts found in a combustion car; it does not need an oil or coolant change. “The maintenance savings are 90 percent compared to a traditional combustion engine car.”

Meanwhile, the installation of the first public charging station in the city, made purely by Cuenca hands and with existing materials and equipment between the two universities, represents one of the initiatives to promote sustainable mobility, according to the EMOV manager.

Another loading point will be placed in front of the University of Azuay in mid-December.

Extracted from Diario El Tiempo