Electric vehicles are a very common sight in Cayman and many new electric car charging stations are being installed.
Electric vehicles for personal use valued up to CI$29,000 can be imported duty free. In addition, hybrid vehicles, for personal use, valued under CI$29,000, will have a duty of 10% – substantially less that the average rate of 22%-42% for regular gas and diesel powered vehicles. Visit the Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control website for more information on the import duty rates on hybrid and electric cars.
Electric vehicles are available for purchase on Grand Cayman through certified local automotive dealers. Purchasing an electric vehicle through a local automotive dealer ensures you as the vehicle owner have proper warranty coverage as well as having access to certified technicians and parts for manufacturer-recommended maintenance. In addition to certified maintenance service, local automotive dealers can also seamlessly assist electric vehicle owners with the proper recycling of end of life battery components. Almost all of the major global electric vehicle brands are available in the Cayman Islands through a local automotive dealer.
Most electric vehicles, on average, can be driven for 200 miles on a single charge. The Island’s small area and flat topography makes it an ideal location for electric vehicles and Level 2 charging (as opposed to high voltage DC fast charging). One hour of recharging on a Level 2 (240 Volt) electric vehicle charger can add as much as 30 miles of distance to the electric vehicle.
CUC is in the early stages of demonstrating a public electric vehicle charging network for its customers. CUC is deploying Level 2 “smart” charging stations at publicly-accessible locations throughout Grand Cayman. CUC plans to rollout up to 40 charging stations per year, over the next 5-years, at commercial, retail and multi-unit residential and tourism properties. With its customer-partners to date, CUC deployed Level 2 charging stations at Cricket Square, Cayman National Bank (Elgin Avenue) and A. L. Thompson’s Home Depot (North Sound Road). The CUC-owned and operated charging station at A. L. Thompson’s will be commissioned in Q1 2023 and will be the first electric vehicle charging station in the Cayman Islands that collects payments from EV drivers directly using a mobile app. This “pay-as-you-go” service will be offered at other customer locations participating in CUC’s pilot project.
The intent of CUC’s pilot project is to promote electrical vehicle ownership on Grand Cayman and introduce a sustainable business model for publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging for CUC’s customers. For any CUC customers interested in having a CUC-owned, operated and maintained EV charging station at their commercial, retail or multi-unit property, please email email@example.com.
There are over 20 electric vehicle charging stations around Cayman and several new stations are under construction or proposed. See the list below or visit PlugShare; it gives you a detailed map with Cayman’s charging stations.
|Electric Car Charging Stations (All Free to Use except ALTs)|
|A.L. Thompson's Home Store - George Town|
|Andy's EV Car Rental - Airport and Seven Mile Beach|
|Budget Rent a Car - GT|
|Camana Bay (SMB) - Forum Lane Parking Garage Basement and 2nd floor, Solaris Parking Garage|
|Cayman Islands Government Public Parking Lot - GT|
|Cayman National Bank - GT|
|Comfort Inn Suites - SMB|
|Cricket Square - GT|
|The Crighton Building - GT|
|CUC on North Sound Road - GT|
|Foster's Airport - GT|
|Foster's Camana Bay - SMB|
|Foster's Republix Plaza - West Bay|
|Governors Square - SMB|
|Grand Harbour Shopping Centre - George Town|
|Kaibo Beach Bar - North Side|
|Kimpton Hotel and Dragon Bay (Two Locations) - SMB|
|Lorna's Rubis Gas Station - Bodden Town|
|Morgan's Harbour Restaurant - SMB|
|The Ritz Carlton - SMB|
|Sunshine Suites Resort - SMB|
|The Westin Grand Cayman Beach Resort & Spa - SMB|
|Wyndham Reef Resort - EE|