Project of the Year
Electric charging vehicles, Distribuidora Uruguaya de Combustibles SA
Uruguay has long been one of the forerunners in Latin America in embracing new technologies and renewable energy. This has led to 95% of its electricity now being generated from renewable sources, including 60% from hydropower, 30% from wind power and growing solar photovoltaic and biomass options. Now DUCSA, alongside Uruguay's state-owned power company UTE, has begun transforming the country's transport network by promoting widespread adoption of electric vehicles—the first initiative of its kind in Latin America.
Initially the project aimed to connect the coastal cities of Colonia del Sacramento and Punta del Este with charging stations 70km apart. Charging stations were installed at service stations next to refuelling options for traditional vehicles and workers trained to assist vehicles at the charging stops. Safety posters were added for people to operate the equipment.
Today, eight electric charging points have been launched and the corridor extended to Chuy, guaranteeing electric mobility along the entire Uruguayan coastal strip.
DUCSA has worked diligently to pioneer sustainable transport and electric mobility along Uruguay's electric corridor, the nation's busiest transport route during the summer. The company has put Uruguay at the forefront of the adoption of electric transport in Latin America and helped boost governmental efforts to minimise the environmental impact of transportation. The ambition of the project is now to extend the corridor throughout the rest of the country. The growing adoption of electric vehicles and the availability of charging options will only help Uruguay lead the way in sustainability into the future.