In Bogota, Colombia, following the city’s recent awarding of over 1000 e-buses, 91 new e-buses started circulating in March. Also, a third e-bus depot was inaugurated.
It is worth mentioning that the 1,002 e-buses awarded to BYD in early 2021 represent the largest order for pure-electric buses outside of China to date: Yutong has been commissioned in November 2020 the same number of vehicles in Qatar, but the figure includes also traditional drive buses, with 741 being battery-electric.
91 new electric buses in Bogota
The 91 new vehicles joined the 259 zero-emission buses that are operating in the system in the locality of Fontibón and the areas of Perdomo and Venecia, thus bringing to 350 the number of e-buses in operation in the city, out of a total number of 1,485 e-buses contracted by Transmilenio.
“We are very proud to be able to deliver 91 more buses and the third 100% electric bus yard to the citizens. Today, with 1,485 buses, we have the largest contracted electric bus fleet outside of China. This should fill us with pride because it puts us at the forefront of public transport and new technology, which must be the future for Bogotá”, Felipe Ramírez Buitrago, General Manager of Transmilenio, is quoted as saying on Portalmovillidad.
Users will be able to see on-board screens, information panels and their mobile devices, which they can keep charged and connected to a Wi-Fi network, to consult system information such as routes, services, the TransMiApp, news. They will also be protected by closed-circuit television (CCTV) and alarm reporting systems to improve the physical and road safety of passengers.