BYD Mexico Branch recently fulfilled a significant delivery, providing the Mexico City transportation government department with the inaugural fleet of 20 electric buses, marking the initiation of a collaboration encompassing 55 pure electric buses. This is the most extensive single delivery of electric buses in Mexico.
The delivery ceremony saw the participation of notable figures, including the Mayor of Mexico City, Martí Batres Guadarrama, Secretary of the Mexico City Transportation Authority, Andrés Lajous Loeza, General Manager of the Metrobús Bus System in Mexico City, Rosario Castro Escorcia, Director of Promotion of the National Financial Institutions of Mexico, Alberto Adib Carrera, Executive Director of the Mexico Airport Corridor Center, Adrián Escamilla, Director of Enel X, Rafael Burgos, and BYD Mexico Branch Country Manager, Zou Zhou.
The 55 BYD electric buses are slated to operate on Route 4 in Mexico City. Covering a distance of 35 kilometers and encompassing 40 stations, Route 4 is anticipated to cater to the daily commuting requirements of approximately 120,000 passengers. Compared to traditional fuel buses, deploying these electric buses is expected to result in an annual reduction of 5,845 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, significantly alleviating local air pollution and enhancing the air quality in Mexico City.
The BYD electric buses, measuring 15 meters long with a low floor design for easy passenger boarding and alighting, have a maximum capacity of 130 passengers. Sporting a cruising range of 200 kilometers, a 300 kWh battery capacity, and an impressive charging time of as little as 3 hours, these electric buses contribute to environmental goals and reduce noise pollution with their silent operation. Special facilities and equipment for disabled people have been incorporated, including lowered suspension height for enhanced accessibility.
Moreover, in a commitment to public safety, these electric buses are equipped with a real-time communication system linked to the control center, ensuring continuous synchronization of the onboard situation.
Rosario Castro Escorcia, the general manager of Mexico City’s Metrobús bus system, emphasized the importance of zero-emission, sustainable transportation solutions. The collaboration with BYD is seen as a pivotal step in transforming Mexico’s transportation system toward electrification, aligning with the city’s efforts since 2018 to revolutionize transportation technology.
This delivery adds to BYD’s global presence in the electric bus market, with previous reports highlighting deliveries in Japan, South Africa, Chile, and Spain, among other countries. BYD’s electric buses are operational in over 400 cities across 70 countries and regions globally. As of October 2023, BYD celebrated the milestone of delivering 100,000 electric buses worldwide, underscoring its significant impact on the transition to sustainable urban transportation.