The BYD press conference in Bogota, Colombia
Gabriel Vallejo López, Colombia’s Minister of Environment, experiences the BYD 18m pure electric bus
Colombia Minister of Environment Gabriel Vallejo López with BYD America Vice President Fred Ni and the BYD Colombia General Manager
26 June 2015 | Bogota, Colombia—BYD has recently held a press conference to announce its first 18-meter high floor pure electric bus in Bogota, Colombia. The arrival of the company’s mature green technology in Bogota was witnessed by Colombia’s Minister of Environment Gabriel Vallejo López, Bogota’s Secretary of Environment Susana Muhamad, Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy Quan Zhou, Regional Director of C40 Latin America Manuel Felipe Olivera, Chief Planning Officer of Bogota Transmilenio Andrés Arboleda, Vice President of BYD America Fred Ni and several distinguished media. The event complies with BYD’s strategic moves to expand its new energy vehicles globally.
During the press conference, Gabriel Vallejo López, the Minister of Environment in Colombia spoke highly of BYD pure electric buses. He said that when thinking about how to cope with the greenhouse effect, the first thing to come to mind should be pure electric vehicles. Nowadays, citizens are much more concerned with environmental issues; it is of great importance to have pure electric buses in our country. He also promised that BYD can count on strong support from him and the environmental authorities. He also mentioned that the electric taxi project started in 2013 in Bogota is the most successful project in contributing to protecting the environment. Susana Muhamad, Bogota’s Secretary of Environment, outlined that BYD is the pioneering company to provide a green city solution to help the city alleviate traffic pollution. “I sincerely congratulate and thank BYD’s efforts to bring this green technology to Bogota and they have been the only ones.” Then she emphasized that BYD’s buses successfully passed the hardest of Transmilenio’s tests, and they are also bound to pass all tests in other regions of Latin America. “We are very proud that this high technology is from China, and it is also important that BYD brings it overseas, so that more countries can enjoy the benefits of this cutting-edge green technology.” said Quan Zhou, Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy.
BYD actively strives to disseminate its safe and environmentally-friendly products to cater for different markets. Its 18m high-floor articulated pure electric bus was specially designed for Bogota Transmilenio BRT system; it carries 160 passengers in full occupation. By equipping it with its proprietary core advanced technology, the fire-safe, non-toxic, iron-phosphate battery, combined with in-wheel motor drive and regenerative brakes, BYD’s 18-meter pure electric bus offers the most economical solution, and eliminates the uncomfortable jerks and vibrations of conventional diesel buses. Fred Ni, Vice president of BYD America stated that this bus takes only 2.5 hours to fully charge and features more than 280km driving range on a single charge. This June, the BYD 18-meter pure electric bus will officially start testing in Bogota. BYD’s global expansion of its pure electric vehicles has been outstanding, reaching over 150 cities in 36 countries worldwide.