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Chile Launches Latin America's Largest Pure-Electric Bus Fleet


On December 13, 2018, the Chilean government held a ceremony for the arrival of 100 BYD K9FE electric buses in Santiago, the capital of Chile. This also marks the largest single pure electric bus fleet delivery in Latin America, powering forward the country's public transport electrification revolution.
The ceremony for the arrival of 100 BYD K9FE electric buses
The ceremony was headed by the President of Chile Mr. Sebastián Piñera; Minister of Transportation in Chile, Gloria Hutt; Director of Metropolitan Public Transportation, Fernando Saka; Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited and President of BYD Motors Inc., Stella Li; Country Manager of BYD Chile Tamara Berríos; CEO of Enel X Americas, Simone Tripepi; CEO of Enel Chile, Paolo Palotti; General Manager of Metbus, Juan Pinto and Director of Metbus, Héctor Moya.
BYD's local partner, Enel, handed the fleet over to the city's bus operator Metbus. The fleet of 100 K9FE buses will service Santiago´s most important areas. These buses are equipped with BYD's latest battery technology, with a single charge covering over 250 kilometers.
The Chilean President and the Minister of Transportation riding a BYD bus
The President of Chile proudly stated that this is the largest pure-electric fleet in Latin America and that this new “Third Millennium Transport” will improve the quality of life for all Chileans. He also reiterated the dire warning of former US President Obama, “We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it."
The Country Manager of BYD Chile Tamara Berríos said, “BYD is proud of being part of this historical moment for Chile. This positions Santiago as a leader in sustainable cities in Latin America.”
BYD's Chile´s partner Enel said, “Today we celebrate an important advancement in electric mobility thanks to teamwork between private and public sectors.”
BYD's pure electric buses are already operating elsewhere in Chile, and their advanced technology has passed the country's bus certification standards. BYD's Chile branch was established in 2014 with the mission of promoting the electric vehicle business throughout the country. In May 2016, BYD launched its first electric bus for community services in Chile, and in May 2017, BYD won the first purchase order for two pure electric buses in the country. In September of the same year Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, the former president of Chile, and a large delegation visited BYD's global headquarters in Shenzhen to personally witness the unveiling ceremony of BYD's K9FE pure electric bus fleet for Chile. Those buses have been in service since November 2017 and have driven more than 100,000 km.
At present, BYD pure electric buses are successfully servicing markets in many countries across Latin America, including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Uruguay. Globally, BYD's pure electric buses, taxis and other vehicles have spread over 300 cities, in more than 50 countries and regions.