Colombia set to bus electric
Colombia is going big on electric public transport. Medellín went with China’s BYD to slot more than electric buses on its streets, while Cali has also put electric buses on service. Now the city of Bogotá is planning to roll out 600 all-electric, zero-emission buses on its TransMilenio transport system, which would give the capital the largest electric bus fleet in Latin America.
The vehicles will come in three different variants and be able to transport up to 40, 50 or 80 passengers. Around 2.4m people rely on the Bogotá public transport network every day. Vehicle charging will take place at TransMilenio bus depots.
As far possible suppliers are concerned, Chinese manufacturers are prominent, among them BYD, Sunwin, Youtong, Yinlong and Dongfeng.
The move is the first phase of a project that will also see other low-emission vehicles added to a fleet of some 2,800 buses.
Chile currently boasts the largest contingent of electric buses in Latin America, with 200 e-buses on the road in Santiago. The country has plans to convert its public transport system to electric by 2040 as it looks to cut air pollution.
A study by UN Environment estimates that a transition towards an all-electric taxi and bus fleet in Santiago would avoid 1,379 premature deaths by 2030.