Electrification of bus fleets in the Americas

Broadcasted on June 27th 2023 – REPLAY available





Electrification of bus fleets in the Americas

The electrification of bus fleets is gaining momentum in Latin America and North America, with significant developments on both continents.

What are the key developments in these regions? Which are the reasons behind performance leadership of Latin America? Why is North America projected to be the fastest-growing market for electric mass transit solutions in the coming years? Are fundings and financing models sufficient and effective in order to speed up the transition?

The framework

As of December 2022, there were over 2,600 battery-powered e-buses in operation in Latin America. Santiago and Bogotà together comprised over 85% of the total BEV fleet.

But things are set to change: São Paulo is expected to incorporate about 2,600 e-buses by end 2024 (and banned the sale of diesel buses). Latin America is seen as a performance leader in bus electrification, thanks also to a new approach to procurement and implementation.

North America is lagging behind in terms of registrations, but Biden administration is strongly pushing decarbonization of bus and school bus fleets. $1 billion EPA fundings awarded in 2022 (out of a $5 billion program) will help school districts purchase over 2,400 ZE school buses. According to forecasts, 27,000 school buses are to be built in ten years in the USA. New York City committed school bus fleet to be fully electric by 2035 (Boston by 2030). California is leading these advancements.

What about transit? Study says that «North America is projected to be the fastest-growing market in the 2022-2027 period. The increasing demand for electric mass transit solutions, renowned OEMs expanding in the region, and government support are factors driving the transition».


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The Agenda

Opening and introduction

Sustainable Bus

Insights and future prospects of Latin American electric bus market

Thomas Maltese

Senior Programme Manager, Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator (ZEBRA) Partnership, C40 Cities

thomas maltese

Zero-emission buses in the US: backgrounds and trends

Mike Hynes

National Transit Bus Program Manager, CALSTART

mike hynes

Enel X, roots in South America, eyes on North America

Valerio Vadacchino

Head of Global Marketing and Sales – B2G, Enel X

valerio vadacchino enel x

Unlocking efficiency and safety: harnessing battery data for e-bus optimization

Philippe de La Fortelle

Chief Revenue Officer, PowerUp

philippe de la fortelle

Santiago De Chile, reasons and roadmap of a leadership in bus electrification

Paola Tapia Salas

Director Metropolitan Public Transport, Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile

paula tapia santiago

The role of fuel cell buses in decarbonization of bus fleets

Kirt Conrad

CEO, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority

kirt conrad sarta

Iveco Bus projects for the Latin American market

Gauthier Ricord

Public Tenders & Product Management, Iveco Bus


Zero emission bus market between North and South America: similarities, challenges, financing

Ian Sample

Associate, Steer

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