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Lima, the electric revolution takes the bus

The first eBus has started to operate on the streets of Peru’s capital, thanks to a project developed by GSEP with Enel X and Hydro-Québec

Published on JANUARY 07, 2020

A Step Towards Decarbonization

Reducing the national carbon footprint by 30% by 2030:  this is the pledge made by Peru as it continues on its path towards decarbonization. In order to do so, the South American nation truly moved up a gear as Lima, the country’s capital, embarked on the electrification of the city’s public transportation system with the introduction of a new 100% electric bus. The project, which was set up a few days ago, was developed in collaboration with the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) and its partners, Enel X and Hydro-Québec. These two companies will be responsible for maintaining the charging infrastructure, which was designed and developed to meet the city’s specific requirements, for the next three years. 


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Lima’s First eBus

Lima’s first eBus is 12 meters long, can carry 80 passengers and is run by the Allin Group, one of the local operators of Lima’s public transit authority, Protransporte. It will serve one of the city’s busiest routes, the so-called “Red Corridor”. Peru is following the best practices already in place in other Latin American countries such as Chile, where the capital Santiago has 287 100% electric buses served by eight electro terminals. Colombia is also working to install three charging infrastructures in the capital city of Bogotà for the use of 379 eBuses (this is due for launch soon).
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Gathering Data for Nationwide Replication

Lima’s new electric bus offers a significant opportunity to gather data about the real-time functioning of the vehicle. For the first year, information about speed, battery performance, operations, costs and environmental impact will be gathered and analyzed by GSEP in order to generate a report to guide the Peruvian government as it endeavors to electrify the entire nation’s public transit system.  The challenge is clear: to reduce CO2 emissions in the capital, and then replicate the model in the rest of the country.
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Smart, Green, Multifunctional, Inexpensive

The electric bus will navigate Lima traffic without emitting polluting gases, while also spreading an increasingly essential “electric culture” to raise public awareness. The replication report will also be useful in this respect, as it will provide tangible confirmation of the savings generated by the low maintenance costs of electric buses in comparison with their diesel or natural gas predecessors. 
As well, electric buses reduce  noise pollution and offer passengers a range of amenities, including USB sockets, free Wi-Fi, closed circuit cameras and air conditioning. All this to further the adoption of a transportation system that serves everyone and is increasingly smart and decidedly green.