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Electric buses: the perfect route to smarter, more sustainable cities

Our eBus fleets are just one of the many ways we are reducing pollution worldwide. The future of smart cities is here

Published on MAY 17, 2021

Electric Avenues, Smart Cities

Smart city development is happening around the world. Locals in Santiago, Chile seamlessly cross the capital city aboard 450 electric buses operating in nearly silent choreography. In Spain, Barcelona’s bus terminals are futuristic hubs where fast-charging, slick designed pantograph systems electrify urban transport. Four new Enel X electric terminals simultaneously charge 500 eBuses with renewable energy in Bogota, Colombia.  And in the US, a Massachusetts school district has engaged Enel X to develop a public transport electrification plan for its fleet of buses spearheading a smart communities initiative. Clean transport is no longer a trend, it’s a lifestyle choice. Cities around the world are looking to Enel X for its innovative solutions in evolving transport into more economically favorable, sustainable and cleaner systems and to reduce energy consumption by creating and implementing a more efficient and desirable infrastructure.  And the results are exponential. Electric buses not only change the dynamic of public transport but they invite smart energy communities to rethink infrastructure. By following a sustainable business model which maximizes resources and puts the environment first, high investments are offset by lower operating costs further proving the business benefits of environmental sustainability. An optimal end-user experience is also a key factor to fostering smart cities and a circular economy.

Why Electrifying Wins

During the last decade, the demand for electric vehicles, including electric buses, has grown dramatically, paving the way for smart cities to revamp business sustainability strategies and az goals as they work towards an emission-free future. The advantages of electric vehicles are numerous. Take the life-cycle cost advantages of electric buses, for example. Not only are they a cheaper option for consumers, with a 70% reduction in operating costs compared to diesel-powered units, they are also less expensive to maintain and operate over time, as well as more effective at converting energy into motion. More importantly, they have zero impact on pollutant emissions and the more passengers they carry, the greater the reduction in individuals’ carbon footprints. Electric buses also play an instrumental role in the implementation of an effective electric urban transit system with their need for innovative fast-charging systems.
Innovation and Sustainability

Innovation and Sustainability

Leading the way to climate-proof technological transformation


Enel X has taken technology one step further for electric vehicles by including WiFi-enabled, smart app and voice command options at their network charging points. While the clean energy benefits of electric vehicles are multifold, the payoffs for the passenger are also a win-win. Electric buses silently glide through urban avenues, maintaining lower noise levels both inside and out, making it a wise transit choice for heavily populated streets and neighborhoods. Passengers enjoy a comfortable ride, thanks to pneumatic suspension technology and the positive experience on board has seemingly translated into greater civil respect for the vehicles. Studies have shown a reduction in fare evasion and graffiti markings with the introduction of electric buses in cities. Enel X remains committed to smart city development by enhancing public transport with the delivery of smart recharge infrastructure and energy services.

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The City of Tomorrow for Enel X

Smart City

e-City Solutions

Empowering the smart city revolution, for people and the environment

It’s a fact. The world is growing, and at a rapid rate. In 1951, the world population was 2.5 billion. Fast forward 70 years, and it had more than tripled to 7.8 billion.  According to the United Nations, by 2030, the world is projected to have 43 megacities each with more than 10 million inhabitants, and by 2050, more than two thirds of our ever-growing population will reside in these cities.  And that urban population is responsible (and will continue to be so) for the majority (70%) of the world’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Today’s cities are networked by approximately three million buses, of which 13% are electric. Enel X seeks long-term sustainable solutions to an ever-growing demand. With the goal of building smart cities and a durable circular economy, Enel X aims to advance the landscape of tomorrow’s cities by streamlining public transport systems to reduce carbon emissions, increase sustainable business practices and implement turnkey services, which include eBus infrastructure planning, procurement, energy supply and management, and enhanced software. The goal is to find effective solutions to ensure everyday citizens reap the rewards of an innovative energy efficient public transport network, instilling in them a sense of stewardship and respect for their cities.

All Aboard e-Mobility

Rethinking the urban ecosystem requires engagement from all stakeholders, including the public and private sector, as well as taking into account the community’s and the end-user’s needs while simultaneously addressing smart city technology such as e-mobility, building management, and lighting. Circular cities may be a challenge today, but Enel X has already begun creating electric mobility and green efficiency solutions with great success utilizing a range of technology and digital platforms, such as electric vehicles and innovative fast charging hubs worldwide. If consumer sentiment is any indication, users are ready to get on board.
Electric Mobility

Electric Mobility

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