BYD Delivers Largest Pure Electric Bus Fleet in Colombia
470 pure electric buses to serve almost 40 routes and over 300-thousand commuters across the capital of Colombia
The delivery will be completed during the first quarter of 2021, allowing a total of 302,000 passengers to enjoy the zero-emission bus service on 40 routes. Compared with diesel buses, BYD's pure electric bus fleet will save 12,500 tons of carbon dioxide and 2.5 tons of dust particles from being emitted every year.
"Today is a historic day that we can record in the history of Bogota," said Claudia Nayibe López Hernández, the Mayor of Bogota. "This is thanks to the joint efforts of many talented Colombians. We want to buy more electric buses, preferably, that allow us to remove the old diesel and gasoline fleet, and renew it with clean, electric buses, providing more and better services for citizens."
In addition, each bus comes equipped with a driver safety cabin, TV, WIFI, security cameras, intelligent transport system, mobile phone charging USB interfaces, access platform for people with disabilities, and other people-centric features.
"It feels really great that our dream come true," said Ricardo Sierra, President of Colombia's bus procurement company Celsia. "TRANSMILENIO S.A and Bogota City are leaders in electric buses, and they are setting an example for many cities seeking to develop zero-emission bus systems. I congratulate the citizens of Bogota, who will soon experience the unique charm of eco-friendly buses." This batch of 120 buses was purchased by Celsia and then delivered to the local bus operator Gran Americas Fontibon I SAS, with a concession duration of 15 years.
BYD entered the Colombian market in 2012 and made several milestone achievements:
"Today, Bogota is at the forefront of zero-emission public transportation,"
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