Jamaica has launched its first public electric vehicle charging station.
The public charging station installed by the Jamaica Public Service utility is located at Drax Hall, St Ann on the north coast. Dubbed JPS Charge ‘N Go, it features chargers with different specifications to cater to three different vehicle requirements.
Five more chargers are planned this year in Kingston and Montego Bay, as well as in other urban centres. “The new electric mobility ecosystem is about all of Jamaica,” said JPS President and CEO Michel Gantois. “With this electric mobility ecosystem, we want to create internship opportunities for students and training opportunities for technicians and mechanics to service EVs.”
With support from the Inter-American Development Bank, Jamaica is due to introduce 200 EVs and to train 400 individuals in maintenance and safety practices. In addition, the development of new EV related business models will be supported.