Enel X, with a press release announces the award of a contract to Transmilenio, a rapid bus transport system in Bogotá. The contract is for the supply of 401 fully electric buses and two brand new electro-terminals to recharge them for the Integrated Public Transport System (SITP, acronym of the Spanish name Sistema Integrado de Transporte Público) of the Colombian capital.
At the end of 2019, the city’s decarbonization plan signed with SITP implies the construction of four terminals, currently under construction, which will bring to about 900 the number of electric buses provided by Enel X in Bogotá, thus becoming a key partner in the green plans of this city.
Enel X’s presence in Central America is not new, having also supported Santiago de Chile in the supply of eco-sustainable vehicles. With this award, Enel X brings to almost 1,400 the number of e-buses operated by Enel X worldwide.
The comment of Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X:
“This award represents a new milestone in Enel X’s ongoing commitment to decarbonization, while also aiming to enhance sustainable electric public transportation.”
who then adds:
“Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population and contribute significantly to global transportation-related emissions. Decarbonizing urban mobility, starting with public transport, should be a top priority and requires considerable effort from both the public and private sectors. Enel X aims to take on the role of a key industrial partner in the transition to a sustainable city model so as to be able to address the current and future challenges of urbanization and electrification, while contributing to the creation of sustainable megacities.”
The two electro-terminals, which are expected to be operational between November 2021 and April 2022,
will be built in two different areas of Bogotá (Usme and Fontibon) and will be equipped with about 200
recharging facilities for electric buses.
The electric buses will be made by BYD, a Chinese car manufacturer, and their arrival in Bogotá is
expected between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.
They will be recharged with clean energy from 100% renewable sources available at electro-terminals built by Enel X. The buses will be equipped with security cameras and Wi-Fi and will have USB charging hubs to ensure all passengers a comfortable, sustainable and high quality service.
The plans of Enel X
In the communication from ENEL X adds that the initiative is part of the broader framework of activities undertaken by Enel X to powering-electric-mobility-in-public-transportation. These initiatives include a partnership with AMP Capital, a global investment 2 manager with over 30 years of investment experience in asset classes related to infrastructure, to increase investment in electric public transport infrastructure in the Americas through a joint venture that currently has a fleet of 435 operational electric buses and related charging infrastructure in Santiago, Chile. Enel X is also implementing additional electric bus-related initiatives in Brazil (Sao Paulo), Peru (Lima), Uruguay (Montevideo), the
United States, Spain (Barcelona) and Italy.