27 Jan '17, 5pm
John Felder's Cayman firm given permission to export EVs to Cuba.
Felder explains he received a call from Cuba two years ago. Thinking he was a Caymanian, the official asked him to help import some electric vehicles into Cuba for the country to begin testing. While his company is a registered Cayman Islands business and not obligated to observe the US government's decades-old trade embargo, Felder is a U.S. citizen and former Chrysler Corporation executive, who thought he'd "retire" to the Caymans, a group of islands in the middle of the Caribbean south of Cuba. He is the first to import, sell, lease and service electric vehicles in the region, originally two-seat Wheego's and now Nissan and Tesla electric cars, one of his first customers being Budget Rent-a-Cars on Grand Cayman. Today, he noted with some justifiable pride the country the popular tourist attraction will have thirteen AC Level 2 public chargers. The company also just rece...