Yale Environment 360 has recently featured an article on spreading of electrification through Latin America. Electric public buses are still relatively new, but with their obvious benefits (cutting the fuel costs while helping the environment) no wonder they become so popular.
Enel X helped launch an electric bus program in Santiago (Chile) in 2014 through a partnership with Metbus, the city’s bus operator, and Chinese bus maker BYD. After testing two buses on a 150-mile daily circuit, Enel X last year spent over $33 million to purchase 100 BYD buses, which it leases to Metbus, and to build electric charging terminals that draw power primarily from Chile’s solar plants. Enel X is now building more terminals in Santiago and investing in other countries, including the first electric bus in Lima, Peru, which will officially begin service in October. Read the whole article here.