In Chile the fleet of electric buses is expanding

Another 183 electric buses will soon be operational on the streets of the Santiago Metropolitan Region in Chile, thanks to a public-private partnership

Published on AUGUST 18, 2019
For Chile, zero-emission mobility is a serious matter. Indeed, the country ranks in first place in Latin America, and second in the world after China, for the number of electric buses in operation. Just a few days ago the Chilean Minister of Transport, Gloria Hutt, was on hand to witness the arrival in the port of San Antonio of 100 electric buses that will be integrated into a fleet that already boasts 100 operational vehicles, which were introduced last December, on the streets of the Santiago Metropolitan Region.  Furthermore, another 83 zero-emission vehicles are due to arrive in San Antonio over the coming weeks.

A public-private partnership for sustainable mobility

With the arrival of these buses, Enel X, Metbus and BYD Chile begin “phase 2” of the country’s most important electric mobility project, which will see the integration into RED, the public transport network for the Santiago Metropolitan Region, of 183 new e-buses by the end of this year. This significant “green” success has been achieved thanks to the public-private partnership involving the afore-mentioned companies and the Chilean Ministry of Transport.
The new 183 electric buses will be “filling up” with energy thanks to Enel X, which will provide the necessary charging infrastructure by building three electric bus terminals in the city of Santiago. The e-buses, which were supplied by the Chinese company BYD, will be managed by Metbus. They will be will deployed on routes 506, 507 and 510, thus integrating with the innovative Avenida Grecia “electric corridor” that came into operation last year, thanks to technology installed by Enel X.
By the end of 2019, therefore, Chile will have Latin America’s first completely electric ‘corredor,’ which will be totally free from both environmental and noise pollution. The Chilean government is making the country an example of best practice worth emulating: a model that is 100% green which will not only revolutionise mobility for inhabitants of the city but also bring about a cultural sea change. There is no doubt about it, the destination is definitive decarbonisation.
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The arrival of these 100 new buses, through a public-private partnership between companies and the government, is solid proof that electric mobility in public transport is not only practical but also contributes to improving passengers’ experience of the service, cutting pollution in the city and improving people’s quality of life.

Karla Zapata

Head of Enel X Chile

Electric buses

The electric buses produced by BYD have no environmental impact in terms of polluting emissions and are also markedly cheaper to run, costing up to 70% less compared with conventional diesel buses. In actual fact, the cost per kilometre is 70 pesos for electric buses, while for conventional buses the amount is nearer 300 pesos. 
Another important advantage both for passengers on board and for the noise levels in the city is the extremely low noise pollution emitted by the buses, especially as they are operating in densely populated areas.

The electric bus terminals

Electric buses that travel the streets of the Santiago Metropolitan Region currently stop to recharge at two “electro-terminales” (electric bus terminals) situated in Peñalolén and Maipú. These two depots boast highly advanced technology that will be implemented to satisfy the greater charging and power needs of the new buses. Furthermore, in order to meet the energy needs of the entire fleet that has just been expanded, three new electric bus terminals are already under construction in order to optimise the charging of the new e-buses. The technology in use at these electric bus terminals involves the smart control of capacity management, a truly unique system that enables the effective, real-time management of the buses’ energy levels, maximising the efficiency of energy consumption.

The Avenida Grecia electric corridor, which is served by the sustainable buses, stands out for its functionality and innovation. As well as low environmental impact LED lighting, there is also bicycle parking, screens displaying real-time information about all 40 locations in the Avenida Grecia corridor, a monitoring station that surveys the climatic conditions and pollution, USB chargers, Wi-Fi hotspots and a system of photovoltaic panels to power everything.

Leading the way on the road to decarbonisation is a bus, and its name is “Electric Revolution.”