BYD to deliver 470 eBuses in Colombia

New BYD eBuses fleet in Bogotá, Colombia
New BYD eBuses fleet in Bogotá, Colombia

The first batch of 120 electric buses was already delivered to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia and the remaining 350 units will arrive during the first quarter of 2021.


On December 17, BYD announced the delivery of 470 pure electric buses to Bogota, the capital of Colombia. This is the country’s largest pure electric bus fleet, and also the largest bus fleet BYD has delivered in the Americas, which will effectively promote the already fast-growing electrified public transport systems in Colombia, Latin America and the entire Americas.

Also supporting the bus fleet is a charging station located in the Fontibon district of Bogota, which is equipped with 56 double-gun electric chargers with a power of 150KW. The construction of the charging station, the installation of the chargers and the power supply are handled by Codensa, a joint venture established by ENEL, an Italian power grid company and the Bogota Energy Group. When the buses and charging stations are officially put into operation, it is estimated that more than 400 job opportunities will be created for the local communities, including drivers, logistics and maintenance personnel.

Each bus takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours to fully charge, with a cruising range that exceeds 300 kilometers on a single charge.

The 120 buses include 12-meter and 9-meter models, with a passenger capacity of 80 and 50 people respectively. They take 1.5 to 2.5 hours to fully charge, with a cruising range that exceeds 300 kilometers on a single charge, which can easily meet the buses’ daily operating mileage of 260 kilometers. Compared with diesel buses, BYD’s pure electric bus fleet will save 12,500 tons of carbon dioxide and 2.5 tons of dust particles from being emitted every year.
In addition, each bus comes equipped with a driver safety cabin, TV, WIFI, security cameras, intelligent transport system, mobile phone charging USB interfaces, access platform for people with disabilities, and other people-centric features.


BYD eBus model chosen to operate in Bogotá

BYD eBus model chosen to operate in Bogotá


The new fleet of 470 electric buses is expected to enable 302.000 passengers to enjoy a zero-emission bus service.

With an estimated price around 300.000 euros, an electric bus costs roughly ten times more than an average electric car, but serves a lot more people and reduces much more emissions. Without a doubt, electric buses are the electric vehicles that currently offer the best ROI (Return of Investment).

Moreover, BYD eBuses have cobalt-free LFP batteries, which makes them even greener than most electric cars currently sold outside China.


I really think that governments should invest exclusively in public electric transportation before even thinking in subsidizing the purchase of electric cars for personal usage.

With enough political will, it should only take a year or two to make most of the buses operating in big cities completely electric and that would dramatically increase the quality of living for everybody.


If you’re curious, Claudia Nayibe López Hernández was elected mayor of Bogotá in October 2019. She is the first woman and as well the first openly homosexual person to be elected to this position. She was also the vice-presidential candidate in the 2018 presidential election for the Green Alliance party.

Choose your representatives wisely. It matters!



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Jean-Pierre de Malignon
9 months ago

A new diesel bus costs as much – 300 000 euros. If Bogota, a city not famed for being ultra rich, does it, the conclusion is: what prevents most municipalities to adopt electric transportation on a large scale is their will – “air heads”, sold out to lobbies, etc.

9 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Corruption is definitely a big problem”
Its the trio of secret banking + OPEC + Big Oil who create corrupt politicans.
Reducing oil consumption will certainly benefit everyone in both developed / developing world.

9 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Indeed, affordable access to a good education is crucial.

9 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

The BYD eBus sales to Bogota or Netherland is fine but the big question still lingers on: how are they going to produce that electricity? 

With 365 gCO₂eq/kWh , Netherland is not a “green” producer and well, for Colombia there are no data available for now…

And an accessory question: why neither Colombia or Netherland are able to manufacture these buses?

9 months ago

When bloomberg estimated battery prices of less than $100 / KWh for buses, they probably meant these buses.
The batteries are put to the fullest use and if they charge for another 30 minutes during lunch time, these 
buses may go another 60 – 100 km.
LFP, Prismatic, Electric: All 3 are winning combination.

Similarly Taxis should also go all Electric. I hope some company builds a boxy functional Taxi with 300 – 400 km range without unnecessary luxuries like 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds, 200 km/h pickup, sunroof/moonroof etc. Few popular colors will do. 
In fact, Baojun 300+ like car with 300 km + range can be used.

Of late, New York City is deploying Model 3 Taxis.

Another similar move with Van Hool building Proterra Electric buses. It has 676 kWh battery, but this bus has 500 km range and it has 10 wheels and meant for long distance driving with higher speed.

9 months ago
Reply to  Famlin

“Similarly Taxis should also go all Electric. I hope some company builds a boxy functional Taxi with 300 – 400 km range without unnecessary luxuries like 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds, ”
The BYD D1 is now for sale…

Hopefully the model 3 Taxis work out better than the Tesla Taxis in Amsterdam which they are switching to Audi BEVs…

9 months ago

: Per earlier pushevs article, NCM/NCA has 2:1 (67/33) advantage over LFP. In 2021, with more vehicles being sold in China including MIC low range Model 3, the lead could shrink to 3:2 (60/40) and finally to 1:1 (50/50) in 2022.

Seems the low range vehicles like Wuling MiniEV is grabbing market share from low speed EVs with lead acid batteries and this will give another boost to LFP.

On another front, battery powered trains are used in non-electrified railway lines. For railways, overhead traction or 3rd rail (charger) is always a better option, but the capital cost + maintenance is always a hindrance. Ideally a combo of battery for 100 km range with 3rd rail charging in every station or every 100 km interval could be a better mix.