Compañía Minera del Pacífico (CMP), a CAP Group company, together with Verschae and Enel, supplies energy from renewable sources.
The project envisages 45 new electric buses with an average range of 280 kilometers that will travel from the cities of Caldera, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó, Huasco, Freirina, Vallenar, La Serena and Coquimbo to the CMP mining sites in the valleys of Copiapó, Huasco and Elqui. A first phase of the initiatives envisages the launch of 19 electric vehicles under the Zhongtong brand, represented by Grupo Cabal, with Enel X supporting the financing for the acquisition of the equipment. In the coming months, the remaining fleet, which is operated by the Flex company, will be integrated.
The Verschae company, which has been providing passenger transport services in Chile for more than 70 years, has decided to incorporate these new electric buses into its fleet with the desire to continuously improve its service and work quality in the spirit of sustainability and measures to mitigate climate change as well promoting and strengthening the inclusion of women in a sector that has until now been predominantly male, and recruiting female drivers for the various routes.
In turn, Enel built The installation will meet the needs of the new electric buses and include a system of charging points that will provide flexibility in the delivery of energy by regulating the power and the times in which power is supplied. In addition, the electrical terminal has fast chargers for a charging time of approximately 2 hours.
CMP presents the first 100% electric mining bus fleet and inaugurates the first electric terminal in the Atacama region. (Photo: CMP)
For a second stage, the electrical terminals in the Copiapó and Elqui valleys are already under construction.
For CMP, this launch reaffirms its commitment to sustainable business. “Our purpose inspires us to promote sustainable mining that has a positive impact on our people, lands and environment. Therefore, the further development of electromobility helps us to reduce our emissions and our carbon footprint. By making decisions like these, we are moving towards iron mining that combines the best of our processes and encourages us to constantly innovate and incorporate new technologies,” said Francisco Carvajal, General Manager of CMP.
The new electric mobility standard will allow CMP to reduce its emissions and carbon footprint, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3,000 tons per year.2 released into the environment. In addition, the fleet that Verschae will operate will not cause noise pollution in cities and will provide operational savings of around 50% compared to diesel combustion buses.