BYD of China have never received a larger electric bus order from the Americas. Santiago de Chile expects the delivery of 100 all-electric buses in November. The order is in cooperation with energy firm Enel and builds on a successful trial.
Chile’s capital is working to electrify public transit. BYD and Enel introduced two electric buses on the busiest roads in Santiago de Chile last year and the city wants to build on this experience.
The 100 electric buses on order are of type K9FE and will be adapted to local regulation. They will also operate on Santiago’s main avenues, such as Grecia, Vicuña Mackenna and Alameda under the Metbus system.
Delivery of the BYD electric buses to Chile is set for late November.
On the northern end of the continent, BYD wrote an oder over four electric buses to go to St. Albert Transit (STAT) in Canada. STAT ordered a total of 7 buses, the first 3 of which were delivered in May of 2017. With the delivery of 4 more buses, 10% of STAT’s fleet is fully-electric, making them the largest operator of zero-emission battery-electric buses in Canada.