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Colombia gets on board the electric bus revolution

Colombia gets on board the electric bus revolution

The project developed by Enel X is the first infrastructure project for large-scale electric mobility in the country

Published on FEBRUARY 28, 2022
Enel X is playing a pioneer role in the electric mobility revolution, providing smart charging infrastructure for both private and public transport. In the case of the latter, it can also provide financial and planning services. In this respect, it is particularly active in Latin America, but it is also operative in cities around the world as it believes, quite simply, that the future of transport is electric. The project developed by Enel X for Transmilenio is the first infrastructure project for large-scale electric mobility in the country, which contributes to the decarbonization and technological and sustainable development of Bogota D.C.

The opening ceremony

February 14 saw the inauguration of the Fontibón Escritorio electric bus terminal in the Colombian capital Bogotà. This is the fifth terminal (a sixth will open in June) in the country’s first infrastructure project for large-scale electric mobility. The city’s mayor and assorted government officials attended the opening ceremony, together with representatives of the project’s other key players. These included the operating company, Mueve Fontibón, the city’s bus company, Transmilenio, the builders of the buses, BYD (a Chinese company whose initials stand for “Build Your Dreams”), and, last not least, Enel X.
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Bogotà is one of the world’s 50 most congested cities, with transport accounting for 70% of its air pollution. This project therefore marks an important step in helping the city fight these problems. The Fontibón Escritorio terminal will serve 172 buses, and will feature 81 smart chargers, 11 substations and four juice boxes, for an installed capacity of 13.6 KVA/34.5 KV. Together with the five other terminals, Fontibón Refugio, Fontibón Aeropuerto, Suba Las Mercedes and Usme, the project will serve 878 electric buses with 412 smart chargers.

The Enel X commitment in Latin America

Although Bogotà is a relative newcomer to electric mobility, Enel X has been active in Latin America for quite some time. It has already set up a similar project in the Chilean capital, Santiago. It has also installed systems in the Peruvian capital Lima and introduced a smart charging monitoring system for electric buses in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, working alongside the private operator CUCTSA. It has similar plans for Brazil and Argentina.
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Nor are Enel X’s services for electric buses limited to Latin America. It has helped set up systems in Spain and Italy. Enel X offers a complete “Ebus-as-a-Service” (EaaS) model and this was recently enhanced by its partnership with Optibus, an Israeli-based AI software platform which uses algorithms to help operators decide on a range of complicated issues, including where to locate charging columns and when to recharge. Enel X’s services also extend beyond the buses themselves. It works on upgrading bus shelters and stops, equipping them with charging facilities for passengers’ phones and other devices, so that their travel time can be spent usefully. Electric buses are, however, designed to improve the life of all residents and not just passengers, thanks to the reduction of pollution and noise. They are essential for creating the smart city of the future.