MEDELLIN, Colombia – BYD has recently delivered a pure electric bus to the City of Medellin, Colombia for a test program that would bring green technology into Medellin, according to a company press release on March 30.
At the beginning of the test week, Fabio Riviera, President of Medellin Council, bus operator Mega Plus and the energy company EPM, joined the ride and were surprised by the BYD’s electric bus’s successful climbing of Medellin’s slopes. Citizens’ expectations were also exceeded when the bus overcame slopes with more than 17 degrees of inclination. Given the importance of academic input, BYD also invited several universities, professors, researchers and students to witness the tests.
Due to the worldwide trend for cities to implement clean energy electrified transportation, with Bogota taking the first step in Colombia, by acquiring a fleet of 45 units of fully electric taxis – the largest in Latin America – Mayor Aníbal Gaviria Correa decided to follow suit, but he was concerned about the performance of electric vehicles in the topography of Medellin, whose routes are characterized by frequent and often exceedingly steep slopes. After the successful performance of the vehicles at the tests, Mr. Correa applauded not only their quality, but also BYD’s efforts to bring about the implementation of reliable clean energy electrified transportation to the city. The satisfaction with the test results intensified the Mayor’s interest in starting pilot projects with operators who are willing to test and acquire this technology. So far, BYD’s pure electric vehicles are in operation in over 110 cities in 35 countries worldwide.