Enel X leads the electric revolution in public transport in Chile

Five communes in Santiago will tour the 100 electric buses that will be incorporated into Santiago's public transportation system, becoming the first "electro-corridor" in Latin America.

The vehicles of the Chinese brand BYD were acquired by Enel X and will be operated permanently by the company Metbus in its route 516, including in its circuit the main streets of the capital.

Enel designed a model so that the Metbus operator, or even the different operators of the Transantiago public transportation system, have a concrete and convenient alternative to incorporate zero-emission electric technology into their bus fleet. 

This proposal includes the engineering projects, construction, and delivery of the recharging points for the first 100 buses, plus the energy supplied for all vehicles.

Chile is leading the transformation of electric public transport, to reduce carbon emissions in cities, contributing to improving the quality of life of millions of people.

In 2018, the first 100 electric buses will be incorporated. However, the Chilean government plans to replace all the buses in the system with electric ones, approximately 6500 units, by 2050.

Enel X can provide the necessary electrical infrastructure, such as loading points, to facilitate the massification of electric public transport, both in Santiago and in other regions of Chile.

The experience of the users

In November 2017, Metbus formally added the first 2 electric buses to its routes, which were financed by Enel X, ratifying its commitment to zero-emission mobility. After several months of operation, users have evaluated their experience with high degrees of satisfaction.

According to evaluations carried out in the field, the most outstanding characteristic and valued by the users has been the air conditioning and the less noise generated by the buses. This has also been reflected in the care of the vehicles by the passengers. On the other hand, it's putting into circulation has favored to diminish the evasion of the payment of the passage of the users, which demonstrates that it is an advance in the system of transports of the country.

The route of the Metbus line 516 has represented a real challenge for the buses, since its route includes important slopes that the machines have been able to overcome without any inconvenience in the daily transfer of thousands of passengers.

Each bus performs 4 complete cycles (Ida-Regreso), which corresponds to about 230 kilometers per day. If the efficiency in terms of Km/Kwh is evaluated and contrasted with the average performance of a diesel bus (about 2 Km/Lt), there would be a reduction in costs that exceeds 55%.

The operation and maintenance of the buses during the time they have been traveling has remained well below the standards of a conventional bus.