Urban areas generate more than 70% of the world’s carbon emissions, and Latin America is one of the most urbanized areas in the world. 81% of its people live in cities, where growing urban populations, lack of subway systems and high pollution levels combine to create a negative impact on the quality of life in the continent’s largest cities. Five of its countries — Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru — are among the world’s 100 worst in terms of air pollution levels, while five cities in Latin America are among the 50 most congested in the world: Bogotá, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile.
Some of Latin America’s biggest cities are now transitioning towards electrification of public transport and Enel X is on the ground to help them meet the challenge: it has delivered or has won contracts to deliver financing, smart charging, infrastructure and/or energy services to over 2,900 electric buses in Latin America. Here is a look:
- Enel X Colombia has won contracts from TransMilenio public transportation operator in Bogotá for a total of six electro-terminals with 473 smart charging points with capacity to recharge 878 electric buses.
- In Chile, Enel X provides smart charging infrastructures for 1,594 electric buses that circulate on the streets of Santiago, with a total of 312 chargers.
- In Lima, Peru, Enel X launched the first electric bus in 2020, in collaboration with the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) and Canadian public utility Hydro-Québec. The bus is equipped to gather data in real time which will be used to lay the groundwork for a nationwide electric transportation system in Peru.
- In Uruguay, Enel X installed a smart charging monitoring system for 20 electric buses run by private operator CUCTSA.