Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in Brazil – Challenges and Prospects

Free Webinar

Thursday, May 16, 2024 I 11:00am BRT / 4:00pm CET I Webinar Language: English

The presence of electric vehicles is already a reality on the Brazilian automotive scene. According to the Brazilian Association of Electric Vehicles (ABVE), in 2023, 93.9 thousand units were registered, representing a growth of 91% compared to 2022. This expansion is accompanied by a diversification of brands and models on the market.

This underscores the importance of accessible charging infrastructure. Only a part of the demand can be met by private charging at homes, condominiums, and businesses. Public charging stations are essential to provide the same level of convenience and accessibility as conventional vehicle refueling.

In this webinar we would like to shed a light on the challenges and prospects on the charging infrastructure and the E-mobility market in Brazil.

The recording and the speakers' presentations are available here on our digital content platform The smarter E Digital.

Our Guests

Márcio Takata, CEO of GREENER

CEO of GREENER, a Research and Investment Strategies company focused on Energy Transition. Since 2007, has been involved in structuring more competitive and sustainable businesses with a focus on the Storage, Distributed and Centralized Solar Energy chain.
Member of the Board of Directors of ABSOLAR, Marcio is engineer from the Polytechnic School of USP – University of São Paulo - and an MBA from INSPER and has served as a professor in different postgraduate programs in topics related to energy and sustainability.

Rodrigo Braun Dos Santos, R&D Manager Copel

Rodrigo Braun graduated as an Electrical Engineer from the Federal University of Paraná in 2008. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the same esteemed institution. Additionally, he holds a specialization in Best Practices in Project Management from Universidade Positivo, which he completed in 2014. With a decade-long tenure at Copel Distribuição S.A. since 2010, he has accumulated a wealth of expertise through professional experiences both in Brazil and Germany.

His professional journey has been diverse, spanning various domains such as operation and maintenance of plants and substations, expertise in grounding and SPDA systems, proficiency in parameterization and maintenance of anemometric measurement systems, and a deep understanding of distributed generation and electric mobility.

Since 2019, Rodrigo has had the privilege of being an invaluable member of the Smart Grid and Special Projects team at Copel Distribuição, actively contributing to the advancement of electro mobility initiatives. His areas of keen interest encompass electro mobility, Distributed Generation, micro grids, Smart Grids, Energy Storage Systems, and Electric Vehicles, reflecting his deep-seated passion for innovation and sustainable energy solutions.

Your Host

Markus Vlasits, Managing Director, NewCharge Energy

Markus Vlasits started as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany and has been active in the solar PV industry for 17 years in several executive positions. In 2007-2009, he was Production Manager of crystallization and wafering at Q.Cells SE, Thalheim, Germany, where he reached a vice-presidential role in Sales Operations. Moving to Brazil in 2013, he started as CEO of Yingli Green Energy do Brasil. He teamed up with fellow executives to open Faro Energy, an investment company focusing on PV generation projects for commercial concerns, and was its Sales Director until 2018. In 2019, he was an independent consultant and helped start ABSOLAR's Energy Storage Workgroup. In 2020, founded NewCharge, an engineering company focused on energy storage projects for commercial clients in Brazil. He is also active as acts as a technical consultant and advisor for projects related to energy storage. In August 2023, he was elected president of board of directors of the Brazilian Association for Energy Storage Solutions (ABSAE). Markus also organizes energy storage events and conferences, and recently co-organized an energy storage conference panel for Intersolar South America 2021 in partnership with Solar Promotion.

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