FIRST ELECTRIC BUS FLEET IN ARGENTINA
Argentina has inaugurated its first electric bus fleet. In the Mendoza Province 18 electric buses are now in operation, consisting of 12 BYD K9 and 6 Zhong Tong. They will be running on the main lines in the city. Besides this first zero emission bus fleet Argentina's capital Buenos Ares is also running a pilot project with Zhong Tong electric buses.
The 18 buses are operated by the Transport Society of Mendoza (STM). To underline the significance of Argentina's aim to electrify its bus public transport, the inauguration of the 18 buses was attended by the Argentinian Minister of Government, Labor and Justice and the Secretary of Environment and Territorial Planning.
Mendoza is planning the electrification of its busfleet since 2015 to improve the quality of life in Greater Mendoza. The 12-meter buses feature low floors, air conditioning and heating systems, and three lateral access doors. They also include automatic ramps and a side tilt function for disabled passenger access, plus camera and covers on the doors for greater security. The 12 BYD K9 buses offer a minimum capacity of 26 seated passengers, they also come with space reserved for wheelchairs. The buses are equipped with iron-phosphate batteries. For BYD Argentina is the 6'th country in Latin America where its buses are running. In January of this year, BYD won the bid to provide the Colombian city of Medellin with the country’s largest fleet of pure electric buses, also the second-largest fleet in the region.