Bogotá orders 596 new electrical buses—fleet of 1,485 e-buses would be the largest exterior China

Bogota public transit company Transmilenio has ordered 596 new BYD electrical buses, bringing town’s electrical bus fleet to a complete of 1,485 models. The brand new e-buses are anticipated to be in operation by 2022, and can function within the Fontibón, Usme and Perdomo areas.

María Fernanda Ortiz, the Normal Supervisor of Transmilenio, proudly claimed bragging rights: “Having one of many two largest electrical fleets in Latin America is some extent of satisfaction, and exhibits that we’re on the best path by way of fleet renewal and technological progress.”  The Colombian capital now seems to have the biggest electrical bus fleet exterior China, and has taken the South American title from Santiago de Chile, which has 776 e-buses. The Colombian cities of Medellin and Cali have 65 and 35 electrical buses respectively. (Europe’s largest fleet is in Moscow, which operates 450 electrical buses, and plans to have 2,600 by 2024.)

The town expects to take a position $1.82 billion to buy the buses, and $1.41 billion to function them for the 15-year period of the concession contracts.

The procurement course of included incentives to favor Colombian business. The Chinese language agency BYD will assemble the brand new buses on the Cerritos plant close to Pereira. Business Supervisor Alejandro Robledo mentioned, “This positions Bogotá as a pacesetter within the area. For us it’s a satisfaction to…manufacture these models in Colombian territory. Development of the primary fleet will start in July, to be delivered in September, and the subsequent in December to be put into circulation in 2022.”

Juan Luis Mesa, Nation Supervisor for BYD Colombia, advised Portal Movilidad: “With this milestone BYD confirms its management in Latin America and Colombia on buses of 9 and 12 meters. It will certainly open the door for different cities to [undertake] comparable initiatives for the well being of their inhabitants.”

Supply: Portal Movilidad