With the aim of testing its autonomy of movement, work capacities and operability, Enel X and SQM bring to Chile “E-Truck”, the first large-tonnage electric truck that will provide services to the country's large mining industry.


It is a 28-ton electric truck that will operate between SQM's sites in the Antofagasta Region, for which Enel X will install, together with the mining company, a high-power charger, unique in Chile.


It is expected that the new “E-Truck” for mining will carry out routes of 86 kilometers per section, from the Coya Sur plant, located in María Elena, to the port of Tocopilla, estimating a monthly route of more than 7.500 kilometers, ceasing to emit approximately 12 tons of CO2 per year. 


The project seeks to test the autonomy of electric mining trucks and their constructive capabilities to work at the same level as a diesel-powered mining truck with similar characteristics. In addition, the truck operation will be validated together with its high-power charging infrastructure, and how it adapts to the normal operating schedule of the plant, its tasks and its response to the saline environment of the area.


Enel X and SQM developed a financial leasing model for the purchase of the electric truck and the installation of 1 150kW charging point that allows a 100% charge in 3 hours. The charging infrastructure will be installed at the Coya Sur plant in María Elena, guaranteeing an autonomy of close to 200 kilometers.


José Miguel Berguño, SQM Vice President of Nitrate Operations, highlighted that: “This initiative is part of our Corporate Sustainability Plan and that aims, among other environmental goals and commitments, to become carbon neutral in 2030 for the lithium business. For us this is an important milestone as one of the world leaders in the production of lithium, a key input for the development of electro mobility; whose initiative joins others such as the installation of an off-grid electric station at the Carmen Lithium Chemical Plant, and the incorporation of mobile electrical maintenance workshops, a pioneering initiative in national mining ”.


“The incorporation of the first large-tonnage electric truck for mining represents a new milestone in the development of electromobility in Chile, which we are proud to lead together with our partners from SQM. This step is a fundamental piece to move towards an increasingly clean energy matrix, and that also contributes to decarbonize and electrify the main productive sector of the country, said Karla Zapata, general manager of Enel X Chile.


The first high-tonnage electric truck to operate in Chile’s large-scale mining industry is a 28-ton Yutong ZKH5310ZLJP6BEV with a 422 kWh battery pack.


If the project is successful, It would make possible the expansion of the initiative by incorporating the Salar de Atacama - Carmen Lithium Chemical Plant route, which is the route with the highest traffic for the lithium process that has 230 trucks in service. The total potential for the replacement of diesel trucks to large-tonnage electric trucks at SQM's sites is 320 units, 90 of which are on the route of the first truck, which would be carried out in a period of 5 years.

Enel X has smart charging solutions, which aim to meet the different needs of customers through the implementation of various technologies that allow vehicle batteries to be charged in different formats, at different speeds and in different places. These are modular, scalable and turnkey solutions designed for individuals, companies, institutions and industries.

SQM launches call for innovation and entrepreneurship in lithium-ion batteries to reduce carbon footprint

The contest is aimed at all R&D centers, universities, SMEs, startups, among others, that have proposals that contribute to advancing electromobility and energy storage. Applications will be received from Monday, September 27 to October 24, 2021 through the website https://www.openinnspiral.com/maslitiomenoshuella and contemplates a prize of USD 100 to be distributed among the first three places.

Ehe promotion of clean and renewable energies responds to current environmental challenges and public awareness by contributing to curbing climate change and building a more sustainable world for new generations. In this area, SQM has made it a priority to contribute to carbon neutrality through its participation as a global supplier of sustainable lithium.

The company has historically been an innovator, and is also a leader in lithium production. This makes SQM open today a call for Open Innovation called "More Lithium, less footprint", which will aim to find innovative solutions that bring electromobility and stationary energy storage closer to people.

The proposal is part of the robust sustainability plan with specific goals that SQM presented in 2020 and which contemplates reducing the consumption of continental water in all its operations by 40% by 2030 and 65% by 2040; reduce the extraction of brine from the Salar de Atacama by 50% by 2030, a goal that began last year with an immediate reduction of 20%; and be carbon neutral in all its products by 2040, and in the case of Lithium, Potassium Chloride and Iodine by 2030.

In this regard, Pablo Altimiras, Senior Vice President of Lithium and Iodine Business at SQM, argued that “for SQM it is very important to contribute to the sustainable development of the country and improve the quality of life of Chileans. That is the fundamental reason why we are promoting innovation in the use of lithium-ion technologies through this call, which contemplates and seeks to discover new paths related to electromobility and storage systems, particularly that tend to solve situations of scarcity in communities or extreme conditions ”.

The call is made with the support of INNSPIRAL -accelerator of corporate innovation- and goes aimed at all R&D centers and universities, SMEs, startups, and initiatives under development, that have proposals that contribute and generate a positive impact on related initiatives.

In this context, it is that innovative proposals are sought with social and environmental impact that respond to specific challenges, within two macro themes. On the one hand, electromobility proposals that promote its development in Chile, preferably those that generate value in remote, isolated or vulnerable sectors of the country, contributing to an accessible and more energy efficient transport. On the other hand, it is expected to receive proposals for stationary storage that extend the use of storage technologies in the same preferred sectors previously mentioned, which do not have access to the electricity grid or have intermittent supply, in order to promote self-generation and self-consumption.

Applicants compete for a prize of USD 100 to be distributed among the first three places (USD50 for first place; USD30 for second place and USD20 for third place), in addition to support for the development of a winning business pilot and executive mentoring with SQM experts.

Applications and bases are found on the website https://www.openinnspiral.com/maslitiomenoshuella,. The call will be open from September 27 to October 24, 2021.

SQM signs long-term lithium hydroxide supply agreement with Johnson Matthey

Santiago, Chile. April 19, 2021.- Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) announced that it has reached a long-term agreement to supply lithium hydroxide to Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies and a fellow Global Battery Alliance member.

Lithium hydroxide is a critical raw material in eLNO®, the Cathode Active Materials (CAM) produced by JM. Securing long-term access to lithium hydroxide with a fully integrated lithium producer such as SQM, is a key milestone in JM’s battery material expansion plans in Europe.

The supply agreement which will run from 2021 to at least 2028, will support the production of eLNO® at JM's planned CAM production facilities in Poland and Finland. The contract will provide enough lithium hydroxide to power approximately 500,000 full electric vehicles.

Ricardo Ramos, SQM's Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very pleased to announce the Signing of this contract as it is just one result of the effort we have made to increase lithium production in a sustainable way. We have a strong commitment to the important transition to zero- carbon transport. Last year, we announced our ambitious goal to produce carbon neutral lithium products by 180,000. We are the first lithium producer to join IRMA as a pending member and we believe this along with our own internal efforts will helo ensure the most comprehensive implementation of strict standards for sustainable lithium production in the Salar de Atacama in Chile. We are working on a major lithium expansion plan to reach 30,000 and 2030 metric tons of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide, respectively. These expansions will be done simultaneously with our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint by cutting our brine extraction and freshwater consumption in half by XNUMX. Additionally, we continue the work in Australia to develop our lithium hydroxide project with Wesfarmers”.

Christian Gunther, JIM s CEO of Battery Materials added, “This multi-year agreement for the supply of lithium hydroxide builds on our existing relationship with SQM, guaranteeing security of supply and traceability of this key raw material to our customers. We are delighted to be working with our fellow GBA member, SQM, to deliver sustainable cathode materials to the market.”

JM and SQM will continue to build on their existing relationship with this new partnership and will be exploring synergies and shared goals between the two companies.


About SQM

SQM is a global company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Santiago Stock Exchange (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A). SQM develops and produces diverse products for several industries essential for human progress, such as health, nutrition, renewable energy and technology through innovation and technological development. We aim to maintain our leading world position in the lithium, potassium nitrate, iodine and thermo-solar salts markets by:

- Ensuring access to the best assets related to our Current business lines by expanding our global presence; - Actively searching for attractive minerals allowing us diversification opportunities to replicate and expand our existing mining capacities; - Strengthening our operational, logistical and commercial excellence process from beginning to end, while looking to be a cost leader; and - Maintaining a conservative financial policy which allows us to successfully endure economic cycles that could impact the markets in which we sell.

We are a company built and managed by a culture based on excellence, safety, sustainability and integrity. We work every day to expand this culture through the attraction, retention and development of talent as well encouraging an inclusive and diverse work environment ensuring the unique knowledge and innovation needed to sustain our business. We strive for safe and accident-free operations by promoting conduct that favors the physical safety and psychological well-being of everyone who works directly and indirectly with the Company.

We position ourselves as leaders in sustainability and commit to a sustainable future where we constantly work to responsibly manage natural resources, protect human rights, care for the environment, form close and trusting relationships with our neighboring communities and create value. Within these communities, we support projects and activities with a focus on education, business development, and protection of the environment and historical heritage. We create value for our clients through established commercial models and the production and development of differentiated products that respond to their industry and market specific needs, constantly creating and providing a sustainable improvement in the quality of life. We will continue to create value for all of Our stakeholders through responsible management of natural resources, sustainable expansion projects and improvement of our existing operations, with a focus on minimizing our environmental impacts by reducing our carbon, energy and water footprints and working together with our shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and communities.

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