SAO PAULO – Most Brazilian auto makers have put the idea of electric-vehicle production and sales on the back burner for now. The logistics of installing EV chargers in a country larger than the continental U.S. and with a weak highway infrastructure is daunting. To escape dependence on foreign oil, the federal government in 1975 opted to focus on ethanol to fuel cars, owing to the country’s vast sugarcane industry. Only the government-backed Itaipu power plant on the Parana River ...

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