At the Valdez sugar mill in Milagro, the first 100% electric truck in all of Ecuador was presented this morning.
With this, Valdez becomes the first company in the country and the first mill in Latin America to incorporate this type of vehicle for its production processes.
The BYD-brand trailer can carry up to 31 tons of cargo, has a range of 150 kilometers and an estimated useful life of 10 years.
Jorge Burbano, general manager of the BYD company, affirmed that the use of the truck will save 94,000 gallons of diesel in its ten years of life and it will stop emitting 934 tons of carbon in the same time.
Meanwhile, Lenín Garzón, manager of the logistics operator Transcarsell, indicated that it is a “historic” initiative that a company begins to take the step to the circular economy.
“We face pollution of rivers, oceans and grasslands. The damage we do to our ozone layer will lead to disaster. For this reason, these projects will allow us to decontaminate Ecuador and, why not, the whole world ”, he said.
Walfredo Linhares, president of Nobis’ Agroindustrial Business Unit, stated that the truck represents the first step in turning Valdez into a zero carbon company.
He indicated that in January they plan to visit their customers in electric vehicles.
For her part, Isabel Noboa, president of the Nobis group, added that the acquisition of the vehicle will maximize resources, generate employment and give way to sustainable agriculture.
“Valdez responds with its commitment to the environment through the transportation of raw materials. Ecuaelectric will provide us with electricity produced from sugarcane bagasse. Ecuador must take advantage of renewable energies ”, he stated.
The vehicle is charged in 90 minutes at an electric station located inside the mill and has a cost of $ 137,000. (I)