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Date: October 6, 2023
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By Javiera Altamirano
Latin America

Country by country: Which ones dominate the e-buses market in Latin America?

The first place is occupied by Chile with 2,043 units. Colombia follows with 1,589 and Mexico with 623. Which cities have the largest number of e-buses? Below are the details.
Chile and Colombia lead the top five of Latin American countries with the most electric buses.
Chile and Colombia lead the top five of Latin American countries with the most electric buses.

Currently in Latin America, there are 4,998 electric buses in public transportation, which is 1,297 more units compared to the last report from Portal Movilidad based on data provided by the E-BUS RADAR platform.

Chile leads the top five with 2,043 vehicles, followed by Colombia with 1,589, Mexico with 623, Brazil with 394, and Ecuador with 106.

To understand the growth in these numbers it’s worth noting that in 2017,there were a total of 725 units; in 2018, 845; in 2019, 1,363; in 2020, 1,959; in 2021, 2,480; and in 2022, 3,716.

Below is the survey conducted by Portal Movilidad, listing the number of buses in operation in each city.

Argentina

Out of the 99 electric buses in the country, 18 battery electric standard buses are available in Mendoza, including 12 BYD and six Zhongtong.

Córdoba and Rosario only have trolleybuses: Córdoba has 45, and Rosario has 32.

While these figures have remained the same since September 2022, San Juan has added four zero-emission units recently.

Barbados

Barbados has 49 electric units in Bridgetown, all of which are battery electric standard buses by BYD.

This number has remained unchanged since last year.

Brazil

Most of Brazil’s 394 units are from the manufacturer BYD.

Battery electric standards are available in Bauru (2), Brasilia (6), Diadema (6), Guarujá (4), Mauá (2), Salvador (8), the Metropolitan Region of Salvador (20), São Bernardo do Campo (1), Sorocaba (1), the Metropolitan Region of Victoria (4), and Volta Redonda (3).

In Maringá, ten are battery electric standard buses, and only one is a battery electric midi bus.

Santos has seven units, one of which is a battery electric midi bus (BYD), and six are trolleybuses. São José dos Campos has 12 battery electric articulated buses.

São Paulo has 219 electric buses, including 18 battery electric standard buses (BYD) and 201 trolleybuses (Eletra). In São Paulo’s Metropolitan Region, there are 96 electric buses, including one battery electric articulated bus and 95 trolleybuses, with 73 of them being Eletra.

Double-decker units in Chile.

Chile

Chile counts 2,043 electric vehicles thanks to four cities with electric buses.

La Reina has three, and Las Condes has ten. These 13 are battery electric midi buses by Yutong.

Valparaíso has 30 trolleybuses (brand unspecified), and Santiago has 1,913 battery electric standard buses and 85 battery electric midi buses.

Read more: What will the double-decker units be used for in Chile?

Colombia

Of the 1,589 electric units in Colombia, Bogotá has 1,485, with 745 being battery electric midi buses and 740 battery electric standard buses.

BYD predominates with 1,472 units, while Yutong only has 13.

Cali has 35 electric midi buses (26 from Sunwin and nine from BYD), and Medellín has 69 (64 battery electric standard units, four battery electric midi buses, and one battery electric articulated bus, mostly from BYD).

Ecuador

Three cities contribute to Ecuador’s 106 zero-emission units.

Guayaquil has 20 battery electric standard units from BYD, Quito has 85 trolleybuses (brand unspecified), and Santa Cruz has one battery electric midi bus from Zhongtong.

Note that these figures have remained unchanged since September of last year.

Mexico

Mexico ranks third with 623 units, with almost all of them (560) operating in Mexico City.

Of the 560, 500 are trolleybuses, and 60 are battery electric articulated vehicles.

Guadalajara has 63 units, with 38 being battery electric midi buses from Sunwin and 25 trolleybuses.

Paraguay

Out of the 22 units available in Paraguay, two units operate in Asunción. They are battery electric standard units from Zhongtong.

It’s worth noting that in late April, 20 electric units arrived in Ciudad del Este to renew 20% of the urban bus fleet. This information is not included in the E-BUS RADAR data.

Peru

Peru ranks last with only four vehicles. These units operate in Lima and are battery electric standard units from BYD.

It’s worth considering that there are 13 electric vehicles providing transportation for private companies.

Uruguay

Uruguay has 36 electric units operating in two cities.

Canelones has five Ankai buses, with three being battery electric midi buses and two battery electric standard vehicles.

Montevideo has 31 battery electric standard buses in operation, with 21 being BYD and ten being Yutong.

Venezuela

Finally, Venezuela only counts zero-emission units in Mérida, with 45 trolleybuses (brand unspecified).

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