E-buses drive into Latin America
Latin America is turning to electric bus fleets. And Chile is leading the way – some 100 Chinese BYD electric buses are already running in Santiago, Chile, while operator Transantiago is adding a further 100 made by China’s Yutong. Italy’s Enel is working to install charging points in the city.
In Colombia, Medellín selected BYD to bring more than electric buses to its streets, while the city of Cali, which will get around 25 EVs from China’s Sunwin Bus this May, with a view to deploying 125 buses in total. Also, in Ecuador, Guayaquil is set to slot 20 electric buses on transport routes this year.
The Chile-China link is interesting. Chile last year came onboard the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, a strategy for developing infrastructure around the world to serve Chinese trade. And China’s Tianqi Lithium recently picked up a 24% stake in Chilean lithium mining outfit SQM – lithium is used in in rechargeable batteries for electric cars.