Posted On : 05 Jan, 2019
New Delhi, January 5, 2019 : Chinese auto manufacturer BYD won a contract to supply 64 electric buses to the Colombian city of Medellin. The company claimed in a release that it will be the largest fleet of electric buses in the country.
BYD competed with three other electric bus manufacturers, winning the tender with local operator Metroplus (BRT system). BYD’s 12.5-meter K9G pure electric buses will be delivered in the second half of 2019, accelerating Medellin’s efforts to become the capital of electric mobility in Latin America.
Mayor Federico Gutiérrez said, "We will turn Medellin into the capital of electric mobility in Latin America. The tender for electric buses is ready for Metroplus and the city. There will be 64 electric buses, to be operating in August, making this the largest electric bus fleet in the country”.
“We are working together with the rest of the C40 cities to battle climate change," Mr. Gutiérrez added while making a reference to C40 Cities, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, of which Medellin is a member."
BYD said, these e-buses will require only a 2 hours of recharging daily, and there will be charging points in different areas of the city to support their operations.