Ecuador private bus operator Saucinc and BYD have agreed a deal for 20 electric buses for Guayaquil which will be the first electric fleet in the country and the second for Latin-America.
Public bank CFN will finance the purchase of the buses and charging system at a total cost of US$7.7million.
The 12m buses will have a passenger capacity of 80 people and include air-conditioning, wi-fi and increased comfort for drivers.
The BYD eBus has been tested in live operations in Guayaquil City between November 2017 and March 2018, with an average range of 250km per day. In total, 72,000 people used the electric bus and it is estimated that this 20-strong fleet will reduce emissions by 12.8tonnes of CO2 over a year’s operation.
“This is a great example of how public and private sectors can work together for the welfare of citizens” says Jorge Burbano, BYD country manager. “The Municipal Transit Agency of Guayaquil supported this private project considering the acceptance it had among users, after they created a poll to measure their appreciation of the service. Eighty five per cent of the users approved the new technology and a new ticket rate for zero emissions transport, air conditioning and new buses.”
In addition to the first electric bus fleet, Saucinc will also boast the country’s first fast-charge station which may also provide energy to an electric taxi project.