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Transdev to operate South America’s largest electric bus fleet

PUBLISHED ON 29/01/2021
Transdev to operate South America’s largest electric bus fleet

Transdev will soon operate South America’s largest electric bus fleet, with 406 new electric buses to begin operating in Bogota, Columbia from November 2021.

The fleet of electric buses will deliver comfortable, quiet, safe, electric and emissions-free travel and commuting services to passengers.

The new e-buses will replace a fleet of 20-year-old diesel buses and will greatly reduce pollutant emissions from public transportation, improve local air quality and enhance Colombia's overall ability to cope with the energy transition towards clean transportation modes.

“With this massive electric bus contract in Bogotá, Transdev is delivering on its ambition to transition its bus fleets to zero emission in Colombia and globally.

“I am convinced that, for large urban areas, there is no way around the mass deployment of sustainable mobility solutions, including biofuels, battery-electric and ultimately hydrogen and fuel-cell electric fleets”, said Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO, Transdev Group.

 The electric fleet will be composed of a mix of 9-meter and 12- meter buses operating across 15 routes transporting 36 million passengers each year. To power and maintain the new fleet Transdev and partner Fanalca, will jointly build South America’s largest electric bus depot.

Transdev will also deliver electric eco-driving training to ensure best use of battery-life and optimise the operating range of the electric bus fleet.

Bogota’s TransMilenio bus rapid transit system is widely regarded around the world as an excellent bus system, providing well organized, fast, and comfortable service.

In addition to operating buses in the city of Bogota, Transdev also operates TransMiCable, an urban cable car system is connecting 700,000 residents to the TransMilenio bus rapid-transit network.

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