90 electric buses would be one of the largest tenders ever in South America. Taking into consideration the region and the scale, it might be a contract that only BYD can fulfill right now.
Stella Li, BYD’s Senior Vice President, and Eugenio González, Academic Vice-rector of University Federico Santa María
BYD says that "this agreement seeks to make available at least 90 buses to the current operators. These buses have been required by Chile Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications to be offered within the framework of the next Transantiago's bidding process, South America's largest public urban transportation system.
Through this strategic alliance, both companies will seek to lead the implementation of high-standard and 100% electric bus fleets."
"The purpose of the alliance is not only focused on strengthening the introduction of electric vehicle operations in Transantiago, but also on implementing a model for smaller fleets in the private transport sector, especially focused on municipalities, government institutions or universities."
Stella Li, BYD’s Senior Vice President said:
"We can easily supply the Chilean market with our ebuses. They have been thoroughly tested in mass international operations, proving that our technology is mature. Moreover, they represent huge reductions in maintenance and energy costs."
In parallel, BYD has signed a cooperation agreement with Chile’s Federico Santa María Technical University, for the training of teachers and students in electric vehicles technology developed by BYD, as well as the promotion of new research on electric mobility.
University will also get electric buses for inner campus transportation.
"This agreement aims at generating local capacities that support the insertion of electrical technology in Chile by providing local engineers with technical know-how in electric vehicle technology, which is projected to happen by the end of 2017.
The agreement also responds to the call from authorities to train and generate local skilled labor in order to provide high expertise in maintenance and support, as a response to the new requirements resulting from the insertion of electric vehicles in the country’s public transportation system. In addition, the agreement includes implementing BYD electric buses for inner campus transportation, which will be launched during this year."