MEXICO CITY — Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. has unveiled plans to invest 2.8 billion pesos ($146 million) to ramp up its sustainable distribution fleet in Mexico. Already the operator of the largest sustainable distribution fleet in Mexico and one of the largest in Latin America, Bimbo has committed to adding 4,000 electric distribution vehicles in Mexico over the next four years.
Moldex, a subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo, has been engineering and producing electric vehicles since 2012 and will be responsible for providing 1,000 units per year over a period of four years, the company said. The vehicles will be integrated into various distribution routes in Mexico, thereby supporting the company’s commitment to developing innovative solutions to benefit the planet.
Bimbo said the distribution trucks are “wind powered,” meaning their batteries are recharged using clean energy generated by the Piedra Larga wind farm, located in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Piedra Larga wind farm is a sustainability project that was launched in 2012 to generate power equivalent to all the electricity Grupo Bimbo uses at its plants in Mexico.
“In 2012 we started planning and designing what would be Grupo Bimbo’s first electric vehicle,” said Javier González Franco, executive vice-president of Grupo Bimbo. “Today, thanks to the talent of Mexican engineers at our subsidiary Moldex, located in Lerma, State of Mexico, we have an electric distribution fleet of more than 400 vehicles, and we are ready to take this big step of expanding the fleet by 4,000 units. This will provide sustainable distribution to corner stores in Mexico using a fleet that will operate without leaving a trace on the planet.”
Grupo Bimbo earlier this year received Baking & Snack’s first Sustainability Award for its global leadership in the area of sustainability.