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10 Aug 2019

CHILE RECEIVES 100 BYD ELECTRIC BUSES

At the port of San Antonio in Chile 100 BYD K9FE buses were unloaded from a carrier which started its journey at the port of Shanghai on July 1. The 100 buses travelled overland to the Chilean capital Santiago to start their operation for Metbus. They will be running on the Avenida Grecia, a completely electrified bus line that benefits more than 660 thousand people weekly.

Following the arrival of this batch of electric buses, another 83 units will be added in mid-August. These 183 units will join the 100 electric buses that BYD and local partner Enel brought into Santiago last December, creating the largest pure electric bus fleet in Latin America. “With this new fleet we started a consolidation process in the market and we continue to lead electric vehicle sales in Chile. All this would not be possible without our client Metbus, and also with the support of Enel X we have made possible a completely innovative financing structure,” said Tamara Berríos, Country Manager of BYD Chile. The 183 electric buses will be powered by Enel X, which will also provide the necessary charging infrastructure by building three new charging stations in Santiago.


With the arrival of the new electric buses, about 6% of the capital's fleet is now electrified and emissions-free. These 12-meter vehicles, like those already operating in Santiago, have Wi-Fi, USB ports, universal accessibility for people with reduced mobility, cameras and a segregated cab for driver safety, as well as padded seats and low floors.


They will be integrated during the last quarter into the existing Metbus fleet to operate the lines 506, 507 and 510, along the popular Avenida Grecia route. Metbus is also the largest pure electric bus fleet operator in all of the Americas.