Fuso European plant to be carbon neutral by 2022
The Tramagal plant in Portugal, Daimler Trucks’ central production location for FUSO in Europe, announced that its truck-manufacturing infrastructure is setting the course for green truck production by achieving carbon neutrality in 2022.
Fuso’s Tramagal plant in Portugal
In 2019, Daimler Truck AG announced that all European Daimler Trucks and Buses plants aim to be CO2-neutral by the year 2022. In line with this ambition, the Tramagal plant intends to achieve these climate-friendly production targets through reduced energy consumption, green energy supply and on-site production of green energy through solar panels. “CO2-neutral mobility can only be reached if the vehicle production is also green'” says Jorge Rosa, Head of the Tramagal plant.
“In Tramagal, our commitment with electric trucks starts the way they are produced. A carbon-neutral production leaves a smaller footprint and we want to be pioneers both in the product and the production”.
Tramagal has been producing the iconic all-electric FUSO eCanter since 2017 with Australia-bound eCanters also being built at the factory.
“Sustainability is part of our business strategy and something we believe in. Our future is electric, carbon-neutral and renewable,” says Rosa. In recent years, the Tramagal plant was able to progressively reduce CO2 emissions and is expecting a further 50% cut in 2021 compared to the previous year before achieving CO2-neutral production in 2022.
To achieve that milestone, the plant will reinforce the use of renewable energy sources and adopt process modifications. Those measures include contracting green electricity, increasing on-site solar power production and switching to self-consumption.
Allied to this the entire internal logistics and warehouse fleet is being converted to electric vehicles. The plant will also be exploring the possibilities of green hydrogen production with the support of solar panels, to progressively replace natural gas consumption. Located around 150 kilometers north-east of Lisbon, the Tramagal plant produces the international light-duty best-seller Fuso Canter and its all-electric sibling the FUSO eCanter.
While Australia receives diesel Canter models from Fuso’s Kawasaki, Japan factory, European production of the Fuso Canter started in 1980, and since then more than 230,000 FUSO trucks have been produced in Portugal.
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