Mobility Portal, Spain
Date: July 11, 2024
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By Lucila de los Santos
Latin America

Open letter: the response of CRE to Tesla’s requests in Mexico regarding EV connectors

In response to Tesla's inquiries, the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) firmly replies. Mobility Portal Group reveals the tensions and challenges in creating an adequate charging infrastructure for the country.
Walter Julián Ángel Jiménez, a commissioner of the CRE

Recently, Tesla released a document expressing its concerns about the General Administrative Provisions (DACG) on electromobility, issued in February by the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), which entered into public consultation.

In this context, Walter Julián Ángel Jiménez, a commissioner of the CRE, reviews the points raised by the automotive giant to draft an “open letter.”

Walter Julián Ángel Jiménez, commissioner of the CRE.

Firstly, one of Tesla’s concerns was related to the obligation to equip charging stations with two types of connectors, which could “hinder” the expansion of its charging stations.

Here, the official insisted that it is necessary to comply with at least one of the established connectors.

“This measure aims to ensure interoperability, allowing any electric vehicle to access the charging infrastructure,” explains Jiménez.

However, Tesla already uses two connectors in Mexico: the SAE J1772 and the SAE J34.

Therefore, the company can “install its chargers without needing to add competitors’ connectors.”

It is worth mentioning that in the United States, three types of connectors are used, although there is no standard homologation.

What about the independent supply?

On the other hand, the issue of independent supply also sparked debate.

Tesla objects to the requirement of having an independent electricity supply service contract for the charging stations.

This is a regulation established in 2015 under resolution 999, aimed at correctly accounting for eMobility demand and promoting the transformation of networks into smart grids.

A key point where the commissioner states, “It is essential to have a controllable demand process where vehicles can inject energy into the grid.”

This approach allows for more efficient energy management and fosters innovation in charging infrastructure.

The reality is that despite Tesla’s doubts, the CRE held numerous meetings to clarify these aspects and contribute to mutual understanding.

Additionally, a matter of numbers

In its document, the American automaker also indicated that the presentation and labeling of electricity prices on tariff panels do not align with the use of its charging services.

At this point, the CRE is guiding Tesla on how to comply with the regulation.

The regulation only refers to charging stations where the price is transparently displayed in applications that locate the charging systems. It does not necessarily have to be within a board like in a shopping centre hub,” details the expert

A process about to conclude

Regarding the regulatory process around electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the CRE is in the final phase of public consultation, evaluating comments from various companies and individuals.

Regulation is not there to affirmatively respond to all business models,” Jiménez asserts.

Why? The goal is to establish a minimum standard that allows participation “without barriers or obstacles” in the electromobility market.

The main challenge, according to the entity’s representative, is to make companies understand that the regulatory framework cannot satisfy everyone.

The reality is that the regulation establishes strategic lines that aim to organize the sector and promote sustainable mobility in a “balanced” manner.

At the same time, the CRE focuses on learning from international experiences to avoid complications and promote standardization.

“We observe trends from different markets to ensure that electromobility is accessible to everyone,” reflects the state body official.

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