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Company turns Barbados into an electric-vehicle paradise

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A driver on the Caribbean island is never far from an EV charging station, thanks to one renewable energy company


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Spotted: Barbados-based Megapower is helping islanders take further advantage of their sunny climate. As well as selling a range of electric vehicles, the company has peppered the island with EV charging stations. There are so many that at no point is a driver more than five kilometres away from a station.

With approximately 350 electric vehicles currently on the road, Barbados is the world’s third highest user of the technology. But 96 percent of the country’s energy still comes from fossil fuels, according to Megapower co-founder Jo Edghill. The country’s government has set an ambitious target for the island of reaching 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Megapower is trying to lead by example, having recently converted its entire office power supply to off-grid resources. It is also creating what it considers to be the first EV battery re-use lab, which will, “enable us to repurpose electric vehicle batteries beyond their useful life in EVs for a number of applications and storage for renewable energy,” Edghill told Forbes.




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