PRESS RELEASE

Grupo ICE presents the first public fleet of electric vehicles in Latin America

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Grupo ICE presented its new fleet of 100 electric vehicles on Monday, with the aim of stimulating the transition to zero-emission transport driven by renewable energy, within the framework of the decarbonisation of the transport sector led by the Government of the Republic.

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The units were displayed in the parking lot of the DIPOA building in Sabana Norte. With this acquisition, the Institute saves up to 75% by moving from fossil fuels to electricity. The vehicles will give the same performance as the conventional ones, without producing sonic contamination or gas emissions.

Likewise, the placement of 110 semi-speed loaders in ICE facilities was announced. Seven of these will be for citizenship access. They are located in Limón, Guápiles, Quepos, Puntarenas, Pérez Zeledón, Garabito Plant (Montes de Oro) and Liberia (Mall Liberia).

The activity counted on the participation of the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, of the First Lady, Claudia Dobles Camargo and of the Executive President of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), Irene Cañas Díaz, among other authorities.

President Alvarado Quesada highlighted the historical contribution of the ICE Group to the sustained development of the country, its leadership in the fight against climate change and in the construction of a better, more inclusive and better future for all.

"With the introduction of these 100 electric vehicles and the reinforcement of the recharging network throughout the national territory, we are taking a decisive step to make decarbonization in the transportation sector a reality in Costa Rica, with a direct impact on the people's quality of life, "he added.

After the formal ceremony, five of the electric vehicles left the ICE facilities to different points to demonstrate the autonomy and safety of the fleet. They were directed to Liberia (209 kilometers), Quepos (162 kilometers), Pérez Zeledón (136 kilometers), Puntarenas (95.5 kilometers) and Guapiles (67.5 kilometers).

A sixth vehicle moved the Presidential House to President Alvarado and the First Lady.

Doubles Camargo said that "we work hard to promote zero emissions mobility among the population, which is why from the institutional framework we give clear signals that this is the route that Costa Rica has taken, such as the change of the ICE Group's vehicle fleet. significantly add to the country goals to decarbonize the transport sector. "

For his part, Cañas said that "this is a first great step forward, by ICE and its companies, towards the decarbonisation of transport and the country's economy, and we hope to inspire other institutions and the private sector to fully initiate the We will demonstrate that electric transport is the option for our environment to recover from the pollution generated by decades in the streets, "said Cañas.

Bernal Muñoz, director of the Electromobility program at ICE, explained that "the next step in this route will be the creation of the National Rapid Refueling Network in 2019 with more than 30 points strategically distributed in sectors served by ICE and the National Company. of Force and Light (CNFL) This will allow all electric users, in addition to the ease of loading in their own home, to travel with total autonomy anywhere in Costa Rica. "

This ICE press release was published using an automatic translation system.