President of Uruguay Launches BYD's Electric Bus Fleet for CUTCSA, Uruguay's Largest Operator
The delivery of the 20 buses represents years of work and evaluations done with CUTCSA, local and national authorities. A BYD bus imported in 2013 by Abriley served as the foundation for replacing buses under the MOVES Program (Urban Sustainable and Efficient Mobility National Program), which seeks to gradually replace traditional diesel-powered buses with electric ones.
Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were President Pou; Mr. Luis Alberto Heber, Minister of Transport and Public Works; Eng. Omar Paganini, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining; Mr. Christian Di Candia, Mayor of Montevideo City; Mr. Juan Antonio Salgado, President of CUTCSA, and other national authorities, city officials, CUTCSA board members, as well as officials from BYD and Abriley.
Mr. Juan Antonio Salgado said that in spite of the COVID-19 impact on public transportation, CUTCSA is "continuously looking toward the future, as we know there are better times to come and we cannot stop implementing initiatives that, in the future, will be good for all of the transportation and the city." Mr. Salgado also stated the electric buses will help electrify 100% of the vehicles currently used along the CA1 and D1 lines circulating in central areas of Montevideo City, significantly reducing noise and air pollution.
Mr. Attie, President of Abriley and distributor of BYD in Uruguay, who was unable to attend due to the COVID-19 restrictions, expressed his immense pride to the National Authorities of Uruguay in such an important milestone for the country's development and its transport. Mr. Attie noted that "this project began when Abriley imported the first 100% electric bus ever, as an independent distributor to Latin America, and today Uruguay becomes one of the leaders in Latin America in electrifying its transport."
BYD continues to expand its operations throughout Latin America, following a firm commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. Its pure electric vehicles are successfully servicing markets in many countries across the region, including Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, and Brazil. BYD's electric buses and taxis currently run in over 300 cities across 50 countries and regions worldwide.
Jim Skeen/media relations specialist