Last morning, the president of BBK, Xabier Sagredo, visited our facilities in Amorebieta (Bizkaia), in the Boroa AIC, where we have a motor production cell for engines, powered by AutoGas for its use in vehicles dedicated to heavy urban transport .
In this occasion, we have presented the first units of the only engine powered 100% by AutoGas, with Euro VI-D liquid injection, destined to move buses and trucks, with lower CO2 emissions than most of the modern diesels.
With the massive production of these engines, we are progressing constantly in our commitment to industrialization in Bizkaia, thanks to the capital injection in which BBK became a new partner of the company. This companies synergy is part of the strategy of the banking foundation, which owns 57% of Kutxabank, for the promotion of the economy in the territory through its investment activity in innovative companies.
“At BBK we are committed to initiatives that promote integral sustainable development and we work to support our industrial and business fabric. Following this premises, we are convinced that our project with BeGas will provide a new boost to the automotive sector and also to Bizkaia, with sustainable and prosperous innovation that will boost employment in the region “, Xabier Sagredo, president of BBK, has pointed out.
Pedro Silva, CEO of BeGas, highlighted ¨his intention to double the workforce in Bizkaia to achieve a production of 125 engines in 2021 and, in 2022, half a thousand engines powered by ecological fuels; contributing to the environmental improvement, the circular economy and the ecological transition in a fair, inclusive and efficient way ”.
Engines with environmental and economic benefits
The BeGas AVG liquid gas engine has the Euro VI Step D approval, the most advanced for combustion equipment recognized by the EU. During the event celebration, BeGas officials highlighted that it offers clear environmental and economic advantages. The cost of LPG is low, it is supplied at gas stations and allows, among other, an urban waste collection fleet to save up to 36% on its fuel costs.
“This type of engine also allows drastically reducing emissions compared to Euro VI regulations: 51% in CO levels, 22% in PN levels, 57% in Nox levels, 29% in PM10 levels and 87 % in HC levels “, has stressed the CEO of BeGas, Pedro Silva. Also, “CO2 emissions are 15% lower than the most advanced equivalent diesel engines”, he pointed out.
All our units, more compact than conventional engines, offer longer life than piston rings and bearings, thanks to better coolant flow and cooling directed at the pistons, achieving greater reliability and durability .
Thanks to its characteristics and performance, the AVG architecture is compatible with the main transmissions on the market, which allows these engines to be installed in trucks and city buses, thus obtaining the Eco environmental label from the DGT.
At BeGas we will continue to develop new engines powered by alternative fuels thanks to our technological knowledge, in line with the needs of the urban transport division.