THE LEADING BRAND IN ROAD eBUSES IN LATIN AMERICA
Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín
Almost three years ago the first electric bus for highway routes in Latin America began operation, more specifically in Chile thanks to the joint work between TurBus, Copec-Voltex and King Long linking the cities of Santiago and Rancagua, separated by 112 kilometers that are completed in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
The results for the Chilean company have exceeded expectations, opening a space for other companies to evaluate their incorporation, even in other countries. Their incorporation into road transport over regular long distances and in luxury segments is still a long way off, as they are not yet competitive with the current offer. However, they are very effective in business transport operations, especially mobilizing personnel linked to extractive industry companies, with strong pressures to reduce emissions.
This is how the Peruvian Transportes CIVA has seen it, which in 2021 turned 50 years of history, returning to its roots: Piura, the city where a group of Italian immigrants arrived, who with a truck, transported fruits, food and belongings to the north of the country. In the region there are important deposits of phosphates, a fundamental raw material for producing fertilizers.
At 110 kilometers from the city, are the phosphate mines that are exploited by Miski Mayo, a subsidiary of the Brazilian Vale do Rio Doce, which has relied on CIVA for the transport of personnel. The King Long XMQ6130YWE5 electric buses will soon arrive in the country from China with their original bodywork, with the same technical specification as those used in Chile.
Capable of traveling more than 250Km without recharging, they have capacity for 44 passengers, air conditioning, environmental screens, USB ports to recharge devices. It can roll up to 10Km without consuming load, it delivers a power of 350Kw, finally, the 10-battery pack has a capacity of 314Kwh.