BYD contract wins in Latin America

BYD has won a series of key orders in Latin America with electric buses for Brazil, Columbia and Chile.

Brazil’s largest city of São Paulo has received its first delivery of electric BYD buses as part of a zero emissions pilot project. The project involves generating clean energy at a solar farm that uses BYD’s locally-produced solar panels. The first 15 D9W buses have been delivered and promise a range of 250km with passenger capacity of 80 including a wheelchair space.

In Columbia, BYD won a bid to provide the city of Medellín with 64 electric buses, which will  be the largest fleet of electric buses in the country, and the second-largest electric fleet in Latin America.  BYD competed with three other electric bus manufacturers for the tender with local BRT operator Metroplús. BYD’s 12.5m K9G electric buses will be delivered in the second-half of 2019.

“We will turn Medellín into the capital of electric mobility in Latin America,” says mayor Federico Gutiérrez. “We are working together with the rest of the C40 cities to battle climate change.”

And the Chilean government held a ceremony last month to mark the arrival of 100 BYD K9FE electric buses in capital city Santiago.

The fleet of 100 K9FE buses are equipped with BYD’s latest battery technology, with a single charge offering more than 250km operating range.

Sebastián Piñera, president of Chile, describes the move as “Third Millennium Transport” which will improve the quality of life for all Chileans.

“We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it,” says Piñera.

BYD country manager, Chile, Tamara Berríos, adds, “BYD is proud of being part of this historical moment for Chile.

“This positions Santiago as a leader in sustainable cities in Latin America.”

BYD electric buses have been operating elsewhere in Chile since 2016 and two vehicles delivered in November 2017 have now covered more than 100,000 km.