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Costa Rica turns attention to electric cars

Costa Rica likes to promote itself as an ecological paradise, where more than 98% of its electricity needs are met by clean energy. Although it is a leader in clean energy, in the automotive industry, it is lagging behind with just 600 out of 1.4...

300 Days Using Only Renewable Energy

Costa Rica will be beating its own record again for most consecutive days of using solely renewable energy, with 300 days so far this year. In 2015, it set a record of 299 days on renewable energy, then hitting 299 in 2017. Costa Rica gets its...

220 kilometers in an electric vehicle will cost only ¢1,200 colones

Can you imagine traveling some 220 kilometers, about the distance between San Jose and Liberia in Guanacaste, for only ¢1,200 colones? In a typical gasoline engined vehicle the cost is about ¢15,000 colones; however, in an electric vehicle about US$2 is all it costs for...

Used Electric Vehicles To Be Exempt From Tax

In an effort to limit the emission of polluting gases, the government signed on Wednesday several executive decrees, one of which exempts used electric vehicles from the payment of the excise tax upon entering the country. The decree was signed by the Minister of Environment...

Bolivia invites India to develop lithium reserves, essential for electric vehicles and smart phones

Bolivia, known to have the largest reserves of lithium, has offered the metal –used in making batteries of electric vehicles, laptops and smart phones– to India. Ambassador to India, Sergio Dario Arispe Barrientos, said Bolivia has the largest deposit of Lithium and India could...

Electric Vehicles Exemptions Bill Obtains Approval

With electrifying speed, the Legislative Assembly has approved, in a second and final debate, the law on incentives and promotion of electric transport in the country. In a vote of 37 in favor and one opposed, the bill now goes to Casa Presidencial for the...

Ford Reverses Plan, Announces Move to Mexico for Production of Electric Cars

Ford Motor Company has announced its line of electric cars will be assembled in Mexico rather than in its factory in Flat Rock, Michigan as originally planned. Operations will begin in 2020 in Cuatitlán, Mexico State. The company had initially said it would build the...

Costa Rica Drives For A New Green Goal: Electric Transport

Costa Rica this month broke the world record for the most consecutive days running on renewable energy - 300, besting record of 299 set in 2015; in 2016 the country went 271 days using only renewable energy But there´s one area where Costa Rica is...

Bill Approved That Exempts Electric Vehicles Of All Taxes

Buying an electric car just got cheaper with the approval on Monday of the bill that exempts electric vehicles from sales taxes and import duties. The bill, that was stalled in the legislative process for the past two years, got final approval with 38 votes...

Alvarez Desanti Proposes To Prohibit Import Of Fossil Fueled Vehicles Starting In 2035

As the 2018 presidential election campaigns start to roll out, one of the candidates proposes to prohibit the import of fossil fuel powered vehicles starting in 2015. Antonio Alvarez Desanti, presidential candidate for the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN), said on Tuesday that the first 100,000...

President of Purdy Motor Opposes Exoneration For Electric Cars

(QCOSTARICA) The president of Purdy Motor, Javier Quiros, said he opposes a proposed tax exemption on electric cars in the country and that it will not encourage people to buy them. Quiros' company is the exclusive Toyota dealer in the country. The businessman said that the...

Tesla’s Model 3 Debut

(Q24N) Today, Thursday, is a big day for Tesla Motors. At 8:30pm PT (9:30pm Costa Rica time), the company will unveil its Model 3. According to Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, this is just part one. While Tesla's Model 3 unveil event doesn't begin until tonight,...

Costa Rica Exemptions for Electric Vehicles

Q24N - In Costa Rica a new bill under analysis aims to make imports of hybrid and electric vehicles exempt from sales, selective consumption and customs duties taxes. Among the incentives proposed in the bill under discussion in the Assembly, is a 100% exemption from...

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