-----------------------------1yr ago, I thought same. I thought whole world would BEV. I agree electricity is easy! BUT its nigh impossible at scale.
Now I see how brittle has Panama an electric grid, that it goes down at first breeze, every storm and crashes hard overnight. No Teslas here. Closest is D.R. go figure. Ditto all of Central America, Africa exc S.A., South America and eastern EU. That’s a BIG footprint.
In Panama there is an unofficial importer of Tesla vehicles so there should be some Teslas in Panama. At least one owned by Panamanian businessman Mayer Mizrachi.
There are Teslas and other BEVs available in other Central America & South American countries.
BEVs are probably pretty rare but there are some in most of the countries. Costa Rica government and other governments are installing fast chargers.
-----------------------------Elon is begging Nickel anywhere. Russia is even a hole card. The copper mine here in Panama sells ore which includes copper, nickel and gold. BEV have boosted its national GDP from 6% to 8% on inflation alone. There is a supply crunch in the near term for battery. No fooling…these events hit BEV fast as Tesla passes thru price increases.
That Goromine in New Caledonia? Aussies own it now, they process lead and will upgrade Goromine to increase its efficiency. That nickel is years away.
There are 400 BEV car models vying for a small amount of battery. Not all can be successful. Lucky will be half who make it to year 2125. Canoo is dead before it started - Apple thinks its CEO can make Apple car. Lordstown? Next. Apple is in no hurry – for good reason.
Where are there 400 models of BEV?
As to batteries, LiFePO4 ( lithium iron phosphate) chemistry will be the primary type available all over the world. The raw materials are the cheapest currently available for mass manufacturing of batteries for EVs and energy storage. All materials are fairly widely available in large supply. No waiting 5-10 years for mining as a bottleneck. Mainly just need more battery factories. New factories are being built right now with huge supplies of batteries being availability 2022 - 2025. No nickel required. The highest performance EV batteries use nickel but many many uses will do fine with nickel-free & cobalt-free LiFePO4 batteries. Soon LiFePO4 batteries will cost approx $50KwH (half the price of lithium nickel type batteries).
Elon asked miners for nickel. He probably did not mention lithium because there are more sources available for lithium and so the supply is not expected to go critical. Elon said the U.S. has enough lithium deposits in the U.S. to make all BEVs needed to replace all ICE vehicles in U.S. Other large countries have lithium deposits too (ie. Mexico, India, Brazil, & many more). Lithium can also be gotten from ocean water.
-----------------------------We have to recognize that the mythical BEV future is problematic. Rich, developed, wealthy and electrified grid countries will be the early adopters on the backs of whom the infrastructure will be built-out for BEV.
The rest of the world will be have-nots, unable to support BEV, compete on price nor finance any kind of transition off petroleum. Have-nots are simply petro-capture markets. Have-nots are decades away from BEV.
Bottomline is that Elon could not afford to transistion a USD economy country like Panama, much less take on lesser developed economies. These countries are out-of-reach. They belong to Hybrid at best, and hybrid isn’t all bad.
The rest of the world & have-nots will not be left far far behind.
They will be better off with BEVs than keep pouring money into fossil fuel black-hole.
BEVs that cost less than ICE cars should start appearing around the world by 2024/2025.
But even today there are BEVs in Mexico, and South America that cost a lot less than Teslas.
There are models from Renault, KIA, Hyundai, BYD, JAC.
Some Tesla models are being unofficially imported by Panamá local importer Geeky Motors owned by Panamanian businessman Mayer Mizrachi.
La marca Tesla ya está disponible en Panamá a través de Geeky Motors.
17 Ago 2020
In 2020, Costa Rica reached 3,106 electric vehicles and was the Latin American leader per capita.
Published: Monday, December 28, 2020
Costa Rica Institute of Electricity (ICE) installs fast electric vehicle chargers in Costa Rica.
Nov 17, 2020
Tesla, the world's most luxurious electric cars arrive in Costa Rica
Available Tesla models with EV Imports are: Model S, Model X, Model Y, and Model 3.
The EV Imports company, a pioneer in the automotive industry sector, is positioned as the first importer of exclusively electric vehicles in the Costa Rican market.
Por Daniel Rosales / Fotografías: Moisés Iraheta
Abr 11, 2021
Realizan todo el proceso de exoneración, nacionalización y entrega de vehículo con la tarjeta
EV Imports trae Tesla nuevos a Costa Rica con piloto automático incluido
Agencia exclusiva en autos eléctricos trabaja por medio de pedidos
Walter Herrera [email protected] | Martes 02 marzo, 2021
BMW i3 (BEV) is sold in Colombia. Renault has three models available including a van. BYD has BEVs from a official distributor in Colombia. Kia Niro Electric (BEV) supposed to be available in 2021.
Some Tesla models are being unofficially imported by Colombia local importer Parra Arango.
Tesla llega a Colombia de manera no oficial
27 May 2020
Electric vehicles take off in Colombia
Mar 4, 2021
BYD Bringing Electric Tang & Yuan To Colombia!
BYD is almost always one of the first automakers to bring electric vehicles to a country in South America. Colombia is the latest winning nation to benefit from BYD’s cleantech innovation, and in this case it’s getting the well loved Tang EV and Yuan EV.
Motores y Marquinas (Motorysa) is now an official distributor of the Tang EV
By Zachary Shahan
Published June 26, 2020
BMW i3 (BEV) with range 260 km
Renault Colombia - Electricos
The first Tesla imported by a company Uruguayan was sold online
Hilton Motors is the automotive company that was in charge of marketing it by Mercado Libre; now they will bring the second that already
July 2, 2020
Puntos de recarga en Uruguay - 36 puntos
First electric charging station for electric cars in Peru
Primera estación de carga eléctrica para autos eléctricos en el Perú
Jan 10, 2020
Puntos de recarga en Peru - 20 puntos
How many electric cars are there in Peru?
We are talking about 417 units sold, between non-plug-in hybrids (388), plug-in hybrids (7) and 100% electric or battery vehicles (22). Does this mean that electric mobility is taking off in Peru?
¿Cuántos autos eléctricos hay en Perú?
Hablamos de 417 unidades vendidas, entre híbridos no enchufables (388), híbridos enchufables (7) y vehículos 100% eléctricos o de batería (22). ¿Significa esto que la movilidad eléctrica está despegando en el Perú?
Dec 1, 2020
https://elcomercio.pe › economia › dia-1 › autos-electricos-cuantos-hay-en-el-peru-y-que-se-necesita-para-masificarlos-automovil-electrico-noticia/
Know the costs and performance of 100% electric vehicles in Peru
100% electric car
At the fair you can see the first 100% electric car in Peru, the Mitsubishi I-Miev model, which is not yet marketed, because it is awaiting the regulations that promote and regulate its use in the country, which according to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, would be given by means of a Supreme Decree in the middle of this year.
Conoce los costos y rendimientos de los vehículos 100% eléctricos en el Perú
Auto 100% eléctrico
En la feria se puede apreciar el primer auto 100% eléctrico en el Perú, el Mitsubishi modelo I-Miev, que aún no se comercializa, porque está a la espera de la normativa que promueva y reglamente su uso en el país, lo cual según el Ministerio de Energía y Minas, se daría mediante un Decreto Supremo a mediados del presente año.
Por Miguel de la Vega
mar. 6. 2021