Electric buses produced by a Chilean business are already in use in the world’s top copper-producing nation, as the government finds methods to lessen its reliance on fossil fuels while meeting environmental objectives.
Reborn Electric Motor, situated approximately 84 kilometers (52 miles) south of Chile’s capital Santiago, wants to create 200 electric buses per year, which would save 65,000 tonnes of carbon from entering the environment.
Chile’s environment ministry is sponsoring a draft legislation that would commit the nation to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, mirroring the state-owned copper company Codelco’s previously declared objective of being copper neutral.
Electric heavy-duty buses from Reborn are already transporting employees at Codelco’s Teniente mine.
While Reborn creates buses from the ground up, it also converts old diesel buses to electric vehicles in a process that the business claims offers a sustainable and cost-effective solution.
“We take diesel buses, take out the diesel motor, the diesel tank, and we install lithium ion batteries and electric motor and control system, and with that we have end up with a bus with zero emissions at a much more accessible price,” Reborn co-founder Ricardo Repenning said to Reuters.
The corporation expects that its efforts will aid in the promotion of the sector outside of Chile.
“Our goal is for state-of-the-art technology to be produced from Chile and that this technology can be used globally,” said Felipe Cevallos, the company’s general manager.