Construction of the first electroterminal for electric buses in Latin America reaches 80% progress

  • It will have intelligent load management controls, unique in the world, to effectively manage in real-time the energy supply of the first 100 electric buses that will be integrated into Santiago's public transportation system, optimizing its energy consumption.
  • It is an infrastructure of superior standard, modern and sustainable, that will allow loading the totality of the electric buses, managing schedules of load and powers.

 Santiago, November 19, 2018 - An 80% advance in its construction has the first electric charging terminal for electric buses in Latin America, one of the most important technological innovations in terms of public transportation in Chile that will be implemented by Enel X and Metbus for the first 100 electric buses that will begin to circulate through the streets of Santiago.

The progress was confirmed this morning by the Minister of Transport, Gloria Hutt, who inspected the facilities where the new electric buses coming from China will recharge their batteries.

The electroterminal, located in the commune of Peñalolén, and operated by Metbus, will have 63 charging points for electric buses and solar parking, structures designed to support photovoltaic panels that generate electricity as a renewable source, allowing to contribute to the consumption of the operation of the buses and the electroterminal. The other 37 charging points contemplated in the project will be available at the Maipú electroterminal.

The electroterminal technology includes intelligent load management controls, unique in the world, which will have the ability to effectively manage in real-time the energy supply of the buses, optimizing their energy consumption.

"These advances are a real contribution to incorporate the environmental variable to the functioning of the city in a massive way, thus promoting the incorporation of innovative technologies that contribute to the decontamination of Santiago, improve people's quality of life and favor energy efficiency," explained Karla Zapata, general manager Enel X Chile.

"For the operation of electric buses, it is essential to build the infrastructure needed to load the buses. The incorporation of 100 electric buses into Santiago's public transport requires the adaptation of two Metbus terminals, in which 100 chargers and 3 backup generators are being installed. In a joint effort by Enel and Metbus, it has been achieved that the infrastructure works of these two terminals are in a state of progress that allows us to ensure that before the electric buses start operating, these terminals will be ready", commented Héctor Moya, director of Metbus.

For the construction of the electroterminal, electrical works were carried out that included high, medium and low voltage lines, plus a transformation center on-site. All this is necessary to energize reliably, and thus be able to supply the 100 new chargers for the buses.

Electric buses

Each bus will be 12 meters long and have a capacity of 81 passengers. Its route will pass through 5 communes of the Metropolitan Region, making the Greece corridor a sustainable route.

BYD's electric buses will arrive in Chile in the next few days to be put into operation. They have no impact in terms of polluting emissions and also constitute a cheaper alternative in terms of operation, which in terms of costs reaches 70% less compared to conventional diesel buses. The cost per kilometer is 70 pesos for electric buses, while that of a traditional bus rises to 300 pesos per kilometer.

Another relevant advantage for users is the low level of noise, both inside the bus and on the move, being friendly for transit in highly populated areas.

For the manufacture of the new buses was considered the experience lived by users and passengers of the first 2 electric buses BYD arrived in 2017, which operates Metbus on route 516, improving several elements corresponding to the equipment of new vehicles that strengthen the safety of them.