Evergo Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Now Available in Jamaica!
Kingston, Jamaica – May 17, 2021: Evergo, the most sophisticated and largest network of electric vehicle charging stations in the Caribbean and Latin America, is now available in Jamaica! InterEnergy Group, through its innovation division, InterEnergy Systems, debuted the eco-friendly subsidiary at the launch on May 14, 2021, at the LFA Country Store, Richmond Estates, where its first Level 2 charger was installed and unveiled.
Distinguished guests who offered remarks via virtual messages included: InterEnergy Chairman, Mr Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster; Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, O.N., M.P.; Minister of Energy, Science, and Technology, Honourable Daryl Vaz, MP., and Minister of Transport & Mining, Honourable Robert Montague, MP.
British High Commissioner, His Excellency, Mr Asif Ahmad, and President & CEO of EVPower Jamaica Limited, Mr Wayne McKenzie, OD, were in physical attendance. EVPower Jamaica Limited is the managing entity of Evergo in Jamaica and responsible for installing the charging stations islandwide. Other special guests included representatives from the ATL Automotive Group, including Porsche and BMW, who placed their electric vehicles on display (BMW X3, Porsche Cayenne and Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid).
InterEnergy has already installed over 250 charging stations in the Dominican Republic and has another 60 earmarked for Jamaica. Although relatively untapped in Jamaica, the electric vehicle market in the Caribbean is poised for significant growth in the next decade. In support of Jamaica’s National Energy Policy and its 2030 goal to promote the importation of more fuel-efficient vehicles, InterEnergy anticipates the full implementation of Evergo’s first installation phase to bolster the Government’s transition to a more climate-friendly and cost-efficient sector.
Electric vehicles foster energy conservation and efficiency in the transport sector. They eliminate high fuel costs, subsequently reducing the country’s energy bill, carbon emissions and other harmful air pollutants that contribute to climate change. Evergo promises to offer electric vehicle users the confidence to arrive at their destinations with 24/7 access to its collection of moderate to rapid charging infrastructures.
Evergo operates with two types of chargers known as ‘fast chargers’ – the semi-fast or level 2 charger and the super-fast or level 3 charger. The car model and manufacturer determine the total charge time for these chargers.
At the launch of Evergo in Jamaica, Rolando González Bunster, President & Chairman of the InterEnergy Group, said:
“As InterEnergy Group, we have a strong commitment towards renewable energy, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. The moment has come for a real, energetic, and tangible transition, and electric mobility is part of this change. We want to be at the forefront of this transformation with initiatives that bring efforts together to help society to be part of this change. Electric mobility has been a reality throughout the region of the Caribbean and Latin America. Our new initiative, Evergo, makes our dream a reality towards a future that is more present than ever. We started in the Dominican Republic and Panama and deployed 250 charging stations in the Dominican Republic to reach more than 500 points and another 200 in Panama by the end of 2021. Our goal is to install 60 charging stations in Jamaica by the end of the year.”
President & CEO of Evergo in Jamaica, Mr Wayne McKenzie, OD, echoed the sentiments of the InterEnergy Chairman, reiterating his vision for a cleaner environment and a more sustainable and reliable mobility:
“Five years ago, our Chairman, Mr Rolando Gonzales-Bunster, said he wants to leave a legacy where his children and grandchildren can live in an environment where they can breathe in air from an atmosphere reduced of carbon. Our Chairman has now taken his mandate to another level – into electric mobility. He has created an impact in decreasing our carbon footprint way before many other countries by introducing electric vehicle chargers across the regions that InterEnergy spans. In Jamaica, Evergo is entering a space where there are more chargers than electric vehicles, but the reality of the situation is this – it is a commitment to change and the foresight to see where we as a company will transform this country into a cleaner environment, which will cause a reduction in the operational cost to those who own electric vehicles.”
The Evergo app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores, enabling persons to consult the nearest charging station, plan their route, reserve, and pay through a virtual wallet before charging. Evergo is the first intelligent network of electric vehicle charging stations that maximize user experience through multiple interactive platforms. In addition to the app, customers will also receive RFID cards (radio frequency identification) cards. Together, both form the Evergo ecosystem designed to adapt to the consumers’ needs and provide a differentiated service, facilitating sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility.
Jamaicans will also be part of the first international affiliated network of electric chargers, which offers the possibility of using the application in markets such as the United States. The company is affiliated with and certified by the Open Charge Alliance (OCA). OCA is a global consortium of public and private electric vehicle infrastructure leaders that joined forces to promote open standards by adopting the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) and the Open Smart Charging Protocol (OSCP).
All chargers (Level 2 and 3) have Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) support with an internal meter that monitors the energy and demand usage. OCPP support also allows the software and hardware to function regardless of the manufacturer.