Every diesel vehicle taken off the roads means 5 tons less CO2 issued every month.
Reflecting its commitment to search for innovative and sustainable solutions for its logistics operations, Seara this month initiates transportation with a 100% electric, zero gas emissions truck. The model, equipped with imported technology, both the engine and the Thermo King (temperature control system), is the first to take to the road in Brazil’s frozen food industry.
In comparative terms, each Urban Cargo Vehicle (VUC) – currently in use and diesel powered – off the streets means five tons less carbon monoxide emissions per month, equivalent to planning 35 trees to offset its emissions. Furthermore, the operating costs of the electric truck are three times lower than for the VUC.
JBS, the world’s second-largest food company and protein industry leader, assumed in March the commitment to become Net Zero by 2040. In other words, the Company has committed to zeroing the balance of its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and to offset all residual emissions. JBS is the first major global company in the protein industry to set a Net Zero target.
“Innovation and sustainability are fundamental pillars for Seara, and the 100electrical truck project strengthens this position, which have also implemented in our operations. We are always looking out for alternative, clean modals, and our objective is to increasingly extend the coverage of these disruptive logistics solutions, always ensuring our clients of quality and on-time deliveries”, Fabio Artifon, Logistics Officer of Seara stresses.
At this initial stage, the model will operate in Santa Catarina, between Itajaí and Balneário Camboriú, on premium segment routes responsible for the distribution of product ranges like Incredible Seara and Seara Gourmet. By the end of the year, and if the pilot project performs well, the company plans to acquire three similar vehicles, and the expectation is to have 40% of the fleet in this sector standardized within five years, depending on the availability of equipment on the Brazilian market for manufacturing the vehicle.
To guarantee the autonomy of the truck, which can circulate for up to 150 Km, Seara has installed specific infrastructure at its Itajaí hub. It takes an average of four hours for the battery to recharge, and, at the same time, the Company is searching for partners where it will also be possible to set up a structure to enable the vehicles to be recharged.
Also worthy of note is that this model makes no sound; therefore, it can make night-time deliveries in cities that impose circulation restrictions during this period, such as Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and in other urban centers.