RIVALS MUST WORK HARD IN LATIN MARKETS
Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / eBus Radar
The eBus Radar platform is one of the organizations that promotes and monitors electromobility applied to public transport in Latin America, in charge of three functions: quantifying the CO2 emissions that electric buses have avoided, promoting data transparency and permanently monitoring the fleets of buses with this technology that operate in the region.
Monthly it publishes the statistics of the cities, the brands and the number of electric buses that are operating. It does not include the units that are awarded in different projects and that have already been ordered from the manufacturers, nor does it include those that were built but have not yet been registered. It is also important to clarify that road models are not recorded, which allows brands such as KingLong (the strongest in the region) or Sunwin, to add to the records.
In the accumulated brands that EBus Radar has been following since 2017 and taking data as of July 2021, BYD has 1,114 units sold and operating throughout the continent. An amount that has grown dramatically, especially since 2019 with the fleet electrification projects in the Red de Santiago de Chile, Transmilenio in Bogotá and Metroplus de Medellín system.
It is also a reflection of the work in many countries of several years of the Shenzhen builder, who in some of them spent several years in demonstrations, putting his products to the test in several of the most demanding urban systems in the region and betting without even making a sale a single bus, as electromobility is more grounded and the product has been better adapted to Latin America, orders are on the rise and deliveries planned for Transmilenio in the remainder of 2021 and 2022 will eventually trigger BYD’s advantage over other manufacturers of electric buses.
For a long time, trolleybuses were the majority in the region, especially in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina and Venezuela, which incorporated them into the fleets of their cities, since the last decades of the 20th century. The trend began to reverse in 2019, already with the positioning of other brands, the development of electromobility in cities and some incipient projects of electrification in road buses.
By 2020, the battery-powered bus fleet, generally recharged in the yard using connectors, became the majority of the electric bus fleets on the continent. This year also marked the appearance of regional projects such as the Modasa initiatives in Peru or Lucky Lion and Agrale developed in Argentina.
Chile, Colombia and Mexico are leaders in the participation of electric buses in the region; having 819, 588 and 400 vehicles operating and registered, respectively. The southern country also stands out for being the one with the greatest plurality of brands since, in addition to BYD as the leader, Foton, Yutong and Kinglong participate. Yutong leads in Mexico thanks to the incorporation of trolleybuses for the country’s capital, where it is also fighting for an important order on the Metrobús routes.
In Brazil, for the moment Eletra is leading the way, thanks to the incorporation of super articulated trolley chassis and 15-meter patterns that roll through São Paulo, coupled to the Millennium model bodies of the manufacturer Caio, although BYD is preparing to cut background quickly.
In the accumulated as of July 2021, eBus Radar reports that the fleet of electric city buses, deployed in Latin America, has contributed to prevent about 256,000 tons of carbon from being sent into the atmosphere. There are many brands present in the region, but little manage to be chosen, because for the operators of the region it is important that the vehicles they want to incorporate into the markets are brought in for testing and also take into account the local bodywork processes, which may even be Due to substantial transformation issues, be mandatory in various fleet modernization projects in the cities of the region.