The first electric tractor-trailer has arrived in Colombia. The Swedish multinational Scania and the US multinational PepsiCo have joined forces to bring the country’s first electric truck. This is a first step towards electrification in cargo transportation. With this milestone, the companies are advancing towards the sustainable development goals to which both companies are committed, including responsible production and consumption, sustainable cities and communities, protection of ecosystems, and climate action.
Since last January, this vehicle has been in operation, along with PepsiCo’s 53 trucks in Colombia, 24 of which are powered by clean energy. The new electric tractor-trailer will initially cover a local route between the Funza plant and the Innova Distribution Center in Tenjo.
The cargo vehicle has a range of up to 250 kilometers and is equipped with advanced emergency braking (AEB), lane change alert and regenerative auxiliary braking. It is also prepared to support up to 29 tons of gross vehicle weight, while its speed is limited to 80 km/h (50 mph).
Swedish manufacturer Scania indicated that they seek to create a world of mobility that is better for business, society and the environment. “The delivery of this unit represents a milestone in the history of transportation in Colombia, as it strengthens electric mobility in the country and sustainability in the cargo sector,” said Juan Carlos Ocampo, CEO of Scania in Colombia.
Liliana Rios, logistics manager of PepsiCo Colombia, said that the launch of this vehicle seeks to generate an impact by its operation, in addition to inspiring other companies and consumers to support the move towards clean energy.
“This investment was also designed to benefit our drivers, who will now enjoy a fleet that, in addition to being sustainable, will provide them greater comfort and advanced technology,” said manager Rios.
“We joined forces to mark a milestone in the history of transportation in Colombia with the delivery of the first electric tractor-trailer in the country,” the head of PepsiCo Colombia stated.
Commitment to sustainability
Both companies are part of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, hence the commitment is supported by the United Nations and includes its principles and values.
This important global agreement addresses issues grouped into four areas: human rights, labor standards, environment and anti-corruption.
The Global Pact for the Environment initiative aims to provide a general framework to further consolidate and strengthen international environmental law in the face of pressing environmental challenges.