Travelling by electric vehicle from North America to the southernmost part of South America is now a reality, thanks to Enel X’s first electric vehicle charging corridor, which spans 11 countries on the west coast of America and along the Andes Mountains.
Along this route, some 196 JuiceBox charging points are now visible in the JuicePass app, allowing drivers to charge their car or electric motorcycle, while enjoying incredible scenery, from the Unesco World Heritage site in Cusco, to stunning views of the Andes, glaciers or some salt lake in the Atacama Desert.
«We take on the challenge of building a network of charging points using our JuiceBox technology and sending our teams to the most remote locations in Latin America. This long-term infrastructure project is proof of our commitment to fostering electric vehicles around the world, making widespread adoption of electric mobility possible, even in distant locations where electric vehicle charging facilities were not previously available,» said Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X.
Built-in app and charging points
As part of the cargo corridor, 220 JuiceBox charging points were installed and are now active in 11 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. Of these, 196 charging points are integrated and visible in JuicePass, the Enel X app that allows users to manage all available charging services at public and private charging points.
The app offers multiple user profiles, depending on customer needs and use case: public load, workplace load, or home load. JuicePass also works with all Enel X-compatible public charging networks.
The Pan American Cargo Electric Corridor, featured in the documentary Long Way Up, facilitates electric mobility between Ensenada, Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and Ushuaia, a city in southern Argentina that has now become the southernmost point on the continent with an electric vehicle charging facility.
Some of the iconic places that connect the route include:
In Argentina: Ushuaia, the place with the southernmost charging station in the world, Calafate where travelers can admire the Perito Moreno Glacier, and Caviahue, a fairytale land near a live volcano.
In Chile: Torres del Paine, the impressive national park, and San Pedro de Atacama, the city located next to a salt lake in the heart of the world’s driest desert.
In Bolivia: the Salt Palace, the amazing salt desert and salt hotel.
In Peru: the ancient Inca city of Cusco. Another charging point is also located on the way to Machu Picchu.
While in Panama, drivers can charge their vehicles with 100% green energy produced by the Chiriquí solar power plant, owned by Enel Green Power.
The Pan American 100% Electric Cargo Corridor is in line with the Enel Group’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on ensuring access to clean and affordable energy, promoting inclusive economic growth, fostering resilient infrastructure, sustainable industrialization and innovation, cities and climate action.
With the circular economy as a center, the company is committed to the creation of public and private cargo infrastructures and innovative services, to overcome the barriers of use and create a new economic, social and environmental value for all: shareholders, consumers, companies and public administrations.
Thanks to an innovative Circular Economy Boost Program applied to its entire portfolio, Enel X works to make recharging infrastructures more circular not only in the phases of use but throughout all stages of product life, starting with combining renewable energy supply with recycled plastic for casings and maximizing spare parts during the installation and maintenance phases.
As a leading provider of electric mobility infrastructure and networked solutions, the company has around 130,000 public and private smart electric vehicle charging points, available worldwide; and thanks to interoperability agreements, it is continuously expanding its network to boost cross-border electricity mobility. With the same objective, the new Pan American cargo corridor will facilitate the electrification of the South American continent.