BYD is to supply Colombian capital Bogotá with a fleet of 379 full-electric buses, in a deal awarded by the capital’s TransMilenio SA mass transport authority. The fleet will begin operations in September 2020, giving Bogotá the largest electric bus fleet on the continent and one of the largest in the world. Alongside 64 electric buses in Medellín, Colombia will have a total of 443 BYD electric buses after the latest order is delivered.
“With the arrival of zero-emission electric buses to the SITP, we fulfilled a dream that this administration had proposed, and for which we worked hard, to give the city a better public transport service, with technology that’s both state-of-the-art and user-friendly,” says María Consuelo Araujo, general manager, TransMilenio SA.
“The Somos Group has over 50 years of experience in passenger transport in Bogotá and 20 years in the TransMilenio system, for us the operation of electric buses is a great challenge and we trust that it will bring great benefits to all of Bogotá’s citizens,” says Enrique Wolf, general manager, Somos Group which is one of the local operators that will run the electric buses. “BYD has shown great interest in the Latin American and Colombian market.”
It is estimated that in its first year of operation, this fleet will save 21,900tonnes of CO2 and 526kg of PM 2.5. BYD also claims that it will be 60 per cent cheaper to operate these buses, compared to diesel-powered buses.