Bogota would operate what would be the largest electric bus in the world


The company BYD disclosed details of its K12A bus, 27 meters long and could be in the service of Transmilenio.

The company already has taxis and electric buses in the capital. Courtesy BYD

The Chinese company BYD presented a electric bus of 27 meters long, which ensures that it is the "Longest in the World" and which, according to state radio CRI, will operate in Colombia.

In a statement, the company claims that this double-articulated vehicle is capable of accommodate up to 250 people and run at 70 miles per hour.

The K12A will mean, according to BYD, "a new revolution of bus systems (BRT), "such as Transmilenio of the Colombian capital Bogota.

In the city, BYD has taxis and electric buses such as El Dorado Airport.

The Colombian is one of the main markets of the company, which won last January a bidding in Medellín to provide 64 electric buses, the second largest fleet of this type of vehicle in Latin America.

In South America, there are other projects like Maritime Monorail from Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) or electric buses to São Paulo (Brazil) and Guayaquil (Ecuador).

BYD, which produces batteries for its own electric and hybrid vehicles, is present in over 300 cities around the world and plans to have a production capacity of 60 gigawatts-hour (GWh) per year by 2020.

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