Chinese manufacturer Yutong announces a shipment of 130 electric trolleybuses currently making its way to Mexico City. The order is “the largest batch of double source trolleybuses in the world,” Yutong claims and built on an even more substantial order.
The battery-electric trolleybuses now en route to Mexico will join an existing fleet of 63 Yutong buses in Mexico’s capital. Operator Servicio de Transporte Eléctricos (STE, also known as RTP) later launched another tender this April, asking for extra-long models measuring 18-metres at least.
Yutong is now delivering a mixed bag of 80 vehicles measuring 12 metres and 50 of the 18-meter kind. As before, all these are trolleybuses running on overhead lines where available and cover remaining distances on battery power. Yutong claims this “double-drive” adds a range of 70 – 100 kilometres of unwired driving.
Mexico City’s 22 million inhabitants make it on eth largest cities in the world. The new e-buses line capacity has increased from 66,000 to 100,000 passengers daily, while overall line running time has been shortened by 40%, according to press information. Mayor Claudia Sheimbaum added, “Mexico City will continue to purchase about five hundred double source trolleybuses over the next five years”.
Yutong says the batches of e-buses will arrive in Mexico in July and October this year.
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