BYD bags Bogota order for 1,002 all-electric buses

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 12 Jan 2021


Like the 470 bus models delivered by BYD to Bogota in December 2020, this batch of 1002 buses also includes 9-metreand 12-metre models

BYD has announced winning of cumulative orders to supply 1,002-unit pure-electric buses to the capital of Colombia, Bogota. This tender was open to all bus technologies. This is the largest order for pure-electric buses outside of China to date, which sets a new record in sales volume for the overseas pure-electric bus industry.

Bogota City Public Transport Authority (Transmilenio S.A.) launched a public commercial tender covering diesel, CNG and electric technologies for 1,295 buses in August 2020. Three of BYD's global strategic partners finally adopted BYD's integrated electric bus solutions for their bids and successfully won the tender, totalling 1,002 pure electric buses. BYD will partner with local bus manufacturers Superpolo and Busscar respectively on the bus body parts.
This batch of buses is scheduled to be delivered during 2021 and into the first half of 2022, and will be put into operation on 34 bus routes across five regions of the capital, providing residents along the routes with quiet, safe and emissions-free travel services.

Thus far, BYD has won 1,472 orders for pure electric buses in the Colombian capital. According to Transmilenio S.A., these buses will reduce 83,433 tons of carbon dioxide and 9.63 tons of particle emissions per year compared to diesel buses meeting fifth-generation European emission standards over the 15-year concession period, which will greatly improve local air quality and enhance Colombia's overall ability to cope with climate change.

In addition to Bogota, Colombia's capital city, BYD buses operate in Medellin, Cali and elsewhere. At present, BYD has accumulated 1,550 orders for pure electric buses in Colombia, continuously leading the push for bus electrification in Colombia and Latin America.
Today, BYD's new energy product footprint has spread across major Latin American markets including Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Barbados, Panama, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Argentina.