Last October 15th in Santiago, Chile, BYD launched Latin America’s first electric bus corridor consolidating Chile as regional leader in electric mobility.
This move consolidates Chile as the region’s leader in electric mobility with a 386 pure electric buses (74% of total fleet – 285 units – from BYD).
The ceremony was attended by Chilean President, Sebastián Piñera; Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt; Minister of Energy, Juan Carlos Jobet; Minister of the Environment, Carolina Schmidt and other officials, plus executives from COP25.
Actually Santiago is the city in the world with the biggest pure electric bus fleet outside of China.
We are taking this great leap forward and into the future – said the President after taking a tour on a BYD electric bus from Ñuñoa to the new electric terminal in Peñalolén. This new public transportation system will allow us to improve the quality of life of all inhabitants.” Ministers, local officials and other executes accompanied him, including the Country Manager of BYD Chile, Tamara Berríos, and senior representatives from Enel Chile and Metbus.
The current 285 BYD pure electric buses operating in Santiago are reducing emissions equivalent to more than 9,400 conventional cars – said Tamara Berríos, Country Manager of BYD Chile.
BYD is proud to contribute its technology towards the first 100% electric bus corridor in Latin America. We hope to continue building our dreams of a cleaner city with our sustainable transport solutions.
The project includes the use of 40 bus stops for the new corridor, all the stops will include LED lighting, information screens, USB chargers, bicycle parking, and more – all with the aim of improving users’ travel experience.
As the city prepares for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP25, this first pure electric corridor is a tangible and far-reaching effort to the cause of environmental protection. According to Santiago’s environmental plan, 50% of the city’s fleet will be replaced with pure electric in the near future.