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Santiago introduces first electric buses

The first three entirely electric buses in the history of Chilean public transport began operating at the end of 2017 in Santiago. Line 516 of the Metbus Company covers the most important avenues of eight communes of the capital: Maipú, Pudahuel, Lo Prado, Estación Central, Santiago, Ñuñoa, Peñalolén and Providencia. The vehicles were provided by Chinese company BYD.

“We are enhancing quality for our users by incorporating electric buses, and providing more comfort, less noise, greater efficiency of service and fewer emissions,” said Paola Tapia, Minister of Transport for Chile. “In 2018 we will have 90 of these buses circulating and will be pioneers in Latin America in terms of electro-mobility in public transport.”

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