The family of José Silva, a native from Guayaquil who was born in the Santa Anahill, bought his first bus in 2002. It was an investment encouraged by José’sbrothers-in-law in Saucinc, the main port’s transport company.
Then there were 24 shareholders and José’s family set out to increase the investment; A few years later they were 12. They asked Joseph to direct the mand he put a condition on them: change. The first thing was to end the races between buses, the card holders changed them for a GPS service and the drivers joined the IESS.
Three years ago José made a drastic change: replacing buses that consume diesel with others that use electricity. It was an uphill road. The articles cost twice as much as the traditional ones and the investment is millionaire for amedium-sized company.
José reached a milestone last Friday: in Hangzhou (China) he received the 20electric buses that will circulate in Guayaquil since March. In December they will leave from Shanghai to Manta; they will place the chairs in Ecuador.Parallel will be installed the chargers that will form the electrolineras in the Samanes park of the main port. José was excited about the delivery.
The Chinese delegates from BYD, the company that supplied the buses, received him with red carpets, sang the National Anthem, placed flags of Ecuador and Guayaquil,and made him paint the eyes of dragons as a sign of friendship.
The leader achieved that the Tax Efficiency Law exempted from tariffs and VAT to electric buses, that the CFN created a special product for these purchases,convinced the ATM to review the tariff, obtained the support of partners,workers and customers; now with the authorities it tries to accede to adifferentiated rate of the kilowatt hour.
The arrival of these buses in Guayaquil occurs between the public and privatesectors. Saucinc’s investment is $ 8 million: the CFN granted a loan for $ 7.6million and the balance was given by the carrier. The value includes the installation of the loaders in the Samanes park, in Guayaquil.
There it would move, if the authorities allow, the station of the line 89 that communicates the north and the center of the city. In the ecological crisis of the planet, electric mobility seems a solution, even more so in Ecuador, where80% of the energy comes from hydroelectric plants.
There is even another transport company from the main port interested. José, inChina, was accompanied by Ney Jiménez, president of Corredor Central Norte, one of the largest transportation companies in Quito. He announced that an agreement with the Municipality is almost ready to replace 60 diesel buses for electric buses.
They need biarticulates and in the first stage they will acquire 20. In order not to increase the rate, the Cabildo would finance the operation between $ 3.5million and $ 5 million. “It is necessary to put the agreed verbally in writing,” Jiménez explains. Also in the capital, considers that it is necessary to join more actors: opinion leaders and transporters; the objective is to promote clean and renewable energies.
Company wants to locate a plant in Ecuador
BYD,the Chinese company that supplies the electric buses of Saucinc wants to install a factory in Ecuador. The investment is estimated at $ 300 million for10 years. This was reiterated by Jorge Burbano, general manager of the Chinese multinational in Ecuador, at the ceremony of delivery of the electric buses.
The plan is that in a decade the plant will produce 3,000 electric buses, not only to meet demand from Ecuador, but also from Latin America. In the cities of Chile and Brazil there are already these types of units.
Burba nostressed the importance of electric mobility for Ecuador, more so now that the country analyzes the weight in the fiscal coffers of fuel subsidies. For him,Ecuador could take advantage of the clean energy it produces through its hydroelectric plants to incorporate electric mobility. And, in addition, it helps to reduce pollution. A 12-meter-long electric bus means that 1.8 million kilos of CO2 are not released during the year. (I)