SANTIAGO TO EXPAND ITS ELECTRIC BUS FLEET WITH 183 BYD'S
With another 183 Pure Electric Buses BYD is expanding Santiago's bus fleet up to 411 buses. The Chilean Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, recently announced this new order, due to arrive in August of this year. Last December BYD together with Chilean partner Enel delivered 100 electric buses, BYD's K9FEs, operating in Santiago to the city. BYD now has a dominant share of more than 60% in the capital’s promising electric bus market.
The new bus fleet will be integrated during the last quarter into the existing Metbus fleet to operate the popular Avenida Grecia route, becoming the first route operated by only electric buses in Latin America. Metbus is also one of the largest pure electric bus fleet operators in the Americas.
The BYD Pure Electric buses can seat up to 38 passengers each, and come equipped with BYD's battery technology, with a single charge covering over 250 kilometers. All these electric buses will have air conditioning, offer universal accessibility, as well as WiFi and USB ports. “We hope that during next year, through the bidding process, electromobility will continue to be strengthened in the capital and in other regions”, said Director of Metropolitan Public Transportation, Fernando Saka.