Randon Companies announce the first sales of the pioneering and innovative solution related to electric auxiliary traction for commercial vehicles. Two models of semi-trailers – Hybrid R Line, of Randon Implementos (Trailers Division) equipped with the Suspensys' e-Sys solution, were sold to the Chilean mining company SQM and will be used in lithium ore operations in the Atacama Desert. In Brazil, a Forestry model sold by Randon Implementos is being equipped with the e-Sys solution for the transport of loads from the pulp producer CMPC. The three units will be delivered over the next few weeks and represent the arrival of this solution on the market, following the steps required for the development of this unprecedented technology.
The Chilean company SQM, a world leader in lithium production, has purchased the electrical equipment according to its Sustainability Plan, and has committed to being carbon neutral in all its lines of business by 2040. In the specific case of lithium, this commitment has its goal by 2030. The electric models are a Dump and a Tank semi-trailer for application in ore transport. The sale, which also marks the first export of products of this innovative line, was mediated by the distributor Epysa, a representative of Randon Implementos in the Chilean market. This export will allow SQM to have one of the first 100% electric sets of cargo transport in the world, since the Chilean company has, in its fleet, a high-tonnage electric tractor in its operations.
We estimate that, by using the Hybrid R semi-trailers, there will be a 60% reduction in operating costs by the customer. “This partnership demonstrates the potential for global transformation that this sustainable solution can offer to the logistics and transport sector”, summarizes Sandro Trentin, the superintendent director of the Trailers Vertical of Randon Companies.
“This acquisition makes us very proud of continuing strengthening our electric fleet: the largest and most diversified in Chilean mining. As one of the world's leading producers of lithium, we are committed to continuing to contribute to the global development of electromobility, and this is proof of that, as we are implementing unprecedented technology by having the world's first 100% electric high-tonnage tractor in operation, allowing us to continue advancing towards a sustainable production chain”, highlighted Rodrigo Jasen, National Logistics Manager at SQM.
In Brazil, the first sale of the e-Sys solution was made to the pulp producer CMPC. The multinational acquired a Forestry semi-trailer model from Randon Implementos to be used by the transport company Nepomuceno on the product transport route carried out between the cities of Guaíba and São Gabriel in Rio Grande do Sul. The semi-trailer is receiving the Suspensys electric auxiliary traction system, which is estimated to be delivered to the customer in the coming weeks.
“The format of this commercialization demonstrates the versatility in using our technology, which allows installation in any type of heavy vehicle, regardless of the model, always adapted to the needs of the carrier, thus optimizing gains and benefits in both, the operation and the environment”, highlights the superintendent director of the Auto Parts Vertical of Randon Companies, Ricardo Escoboza.
“We understand that it is the responsibility of large organizations to induce a movement of change in consumption, opting for the use of products and services associated with renewable sources. We prioritize the use of equipment supplied with clean energy in our industrial, forestry and logistics operations. We do this because it is our purpose to conserve natural resources and implement proper environmental management. So, we will continue being engaged in this journey to make our energy matrix increasingly less polluting and more aligned with current ESG practices”, says the General Director of CMPC in Brazil, Mauricio Harger.
With an innovative and sustainable concept, the e-Sys is an electric auxiliary traction system developed exclusively by Randon Companies, in a partnership between Suspensys, Centro Tecnológico Randon (CTR) and Instituto Hercílio Randon (IHR).
It acts as an auxiliary system to recover energy generated during descent and braking movements for moments of need for traction such as climbing and overtaking. Depending on the application, loading condition and the road traveled, fuel savings can reach up to 25%, resulting in less wear on components and contributing to a reduced waste generation and lower gas emissions.