Mobility Portal, Spain
Date: January 22, 2024
Ailén Pedrotti
By Ailén Pedrotti
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Dhemax surpasses 1,200 eBuses managed per day and advances globally with its technological solutions

The Chile-based technology development and integration company is taking strides in its global expansion. With offices in Colombia, Germany, and now Spain, Dhemax is actively seeking new partnerships in Europe.

Dhemax, the technology development and integration company, originates from Chile, its headquarters, but envisions a broader horizon.

The company has offices in Colombia, Germany, and now, Spain.

Its projects are expanding to new destinations, with Mexico, and Guatemala joining its portfolio of electromobility.

Andrés Barentin, CEO at Dhemax.
Andrés Barentin, CEO at Dhemax.

Andrés Barentin, CEO of the company, states, “Currently, we manage the charging of over 1,200 electric buses daily, with 540 fleet charging points that we keep operational, maintaining a significant support team.”

With a decade of experience in electric mobility, the company is a leader in embedded systems, hardware, software, and custom solutions, particularly in IoT systems focused on electrification and energy management.

Dhemax aims to add value to regional engineering by creating and integrating innovative technological developments, providing tools that establish a solid foundation for regional and national progress.

In an exclusive conversation with Mobility Portal España, the CEO reflects on key milestones that position the company as one of the “eMobility unicorns.”

Barentin recalls, “We started our journey in 2014 with an electric taxi fleet in Santiago, Chile, which unfortunately did not materialize.”

Despite the setback, the project did not come to a halt. In 2016, they initiated plans for electric terminals in their home country.

In 2019, they embarked on what is now the flagship electric bus garage project: “El Conquistador.”

The garage can accommodate a fleet of 215 electric buses currently operating in the metropolitan area.

Covering a total area of approximately 73,500 square meters, with 15,000 dedicated to the electroterminal station, the charging infrastructure, designed in collaboration with Dhemax Ingenieros, includes four warehouses and 57 Copec Voltex 150 kW chargers, reaching a total power of around 8,800 MW.

“El Conquistador” showcases Dhemax’s commitment to providing value to clients as a strategic partner, creating and innovating profitable solutions to address short, medium, and long-term challenges.

Importantly, the electroterminal relies on 100 per cent renewable energy, completing a sustainable and greenhouse gas emissions-free project cycle.

Among their notable experiences are two of the three cities with the highest number of electric buses in Latin America: CUTCSA (Añón, Uruguay) and ETIB (La Sevillana, Colombia).

We want to go further and replicate these projects in new destinations,” emphasized Barentin in previous discussions with Mobility Portal Latin America, a sentiment he echoes now.

“We are also strong in maintenance methodology and all support services for electric bus garages and commercial fleets,” adds the CEO.

They not only have the capability to maintain all management systems but also the charging points themselves, thanks to partnerships with open systems that enable rapid and effective issue resolution.

Their commitment to offering a comprehensive 360-degree service is leading them to develop new solutions, including one focused on the operation of electric terminals, with further details expected to be announced soon through Mobility Portal Spain.

Dhemax: Empowering new markets and exporting experiences

In the conversation with Mobility Portal España, Felipe Zegers Waissbluth, CCO of the company, joins the discussion. He is currently based in Spain.

Felipe Zegers Waissbluth, CCO Dhemax
Felipe Zegers Waissbluth, CCO Dhemax.

“At Dhemax, we focus on expanding into new markets using a channel and partner scheme. We empower them with our experience, seeking to enhance and empower the local ecosystem by integrating with local players,” states Zegers.

It is under this model that they have ventured into potential markets such as Germany, Dubai, Mexico, and now Spain.

He adds, “We are actively seeking new partnerships in Europe that are interesting as they allow for a two-way exchange.”

According to Zegers, a logical step in their expansion is to transfer their expertise in executing bus garages in Latin America to Europe.

The electrification of public transport is becoming a significant market, with several European cities placing emphasis on it. Madrid currently boasts the second most sustainable bus fleet in Europe, and other Spanish municipalities aspire to achieve the same.

However, this is not the only market niche where Dhemax focuses.

“The Low Emission Zones (ZBE) decree restricts last-mile delivery transit, compelling many logistics operators to electrify their fleets, and that’s where we take the first step to assist them,” expresses the firm’s CCO.

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