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Chilean Government receives 100 new electric buses

At the Port of San Antonio, the ministers of Transport, Energy and Environment received the buses from China. By the end of this year, Chile will have 386 electric units rolling through the streets of Santiago, without emissions and with low noise levels.

August 2019.-
New Chinese electric buses arrived in Chile.
Gloria Hutt, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications along with the secretaries of Energy, Juan Carlos Jobet, and Environment, Carolina Schmidt, received at the port of San Antonio a batch of 100 new electric buses from China which comply with the new RED quality standard. RED is the name of the public transport network that operates in the metropolitan area of Santiago, the Chilean capital.

The BYD-brand buses, which arrived on board the Glovis Sunlight, were shipped on July 1 at the port of Shanghai, and after being unloaded, traveled to Santiago where they will join the fleet that runs in the Grecia electro-corridor, the only one of its kind in Latin America, serving more than 660 thousand people weekly. In addition to these units, another 83 electric buses will be added which will arrive in Chile in mid-August. In this way, a park of 876 buses with the Red standard will be completed, consisting of 386 electric and 490 ecological units (Euro VI), which represent 13% of the capital's fleet.

“The arrival of this new batch of electric buses demonstrates once again that the qualitative leap in public transport is without return, as well as our commitment to continue working to increase the travel experience of people and, of course, their quality of life. It is a profound and radical transformation, which is reflected in the next tenders that we are promoting, ”said Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt.

In turn, the Minister of the Environment, Carolina Schmidt, said that “Chile is at the forefront of the world in the incorporation of electric buses to public transport, and after the Chinese cities we are the country that has the largest number of electric buses in its streets. COP25 will be marked by electromobility and we have been able to verify, in a couple of months, the contribution of this technology to the environment and the quality of life of people. Electric buses allow us to face climate change because they do not emit greenhouse gases, are zero emission and reduce ambient noise levels.”

For his part, the head of Energy, Juna Carlos Jobet, said, “we are facing an important milestone because it allows us to reach the first 1,000 electric vehicles in Chile. The growth during the last year has been very fast, since the number of electric vehicles has tripled, considering private cars, urban and intercity buses, taxis, vans, trucks, among others”. 

During the visit to the port of San Antonio, representatives of BYD, Enel and the operator Metbus were also present. 

6 percent of the metropolitan fleet is electric 

Since the arrival of electric buses to public transport in the capital last December, these units have completed 3,508,201 kilometers traveled, on trips that have been rated with a 6.3 by users.

Now, with the arrival of the new batch of electric buses, about 6% of the capital fleet has this technology.

These buses, like those already operating in Santiago, have Wi-Fi, USB ports, universal accessibility for people with reduced mobility, cameras and separate cabin for the driver, padded seats and low floor.

General Information

* 100% electric bus.
* Greater comfort: Soft seats, better distribution of spaces, air conditioner, attributes perceived as "quality service" by users. 
* Cutting-edge technology: WIFI and USB cell charger.
* Easy access: With two access doors for better control of evasion, a low floor specially designed for the public transport system and access ramp for people with reduced mobility. 
* Very low noise levels and low vibration. 
* Electric batteries attached to the roof and back of the bus.
* Greater Security: with security cameras and cabins for drivers. 
* Greater operational efficiency: Electric buses offer a more economical technology since it reduces operating costs by up to 76% compared to the diesel technology of current buses. The cost per kilometer is 70 Chilean Pesos for electric buses, while that of a traditional bus rises to more than 300 Pesos per kilometer. 
* Autonomy of 250 Kilometers which allows to deliver a complete service in a working day of up to four routes a day with a single load. 
* Charging time: 3 to 4 hours. 
* It has two alternate motors located on the rear axles of the bus with a power of 150kW each. 
* Measurements: 12 meters long and with a capacity of 81 people: 30 seated and 51 standing.
* Lifetime: 11 years.