Inaugurated on Thursday, March 31 and put into service in the coming weeks, the 406 new electric buses operated by Fanalca-Transdev through its company Green Móvil allow the city to accelerate its energy transition. Directly related to the project, is the installation of a 40,000m2 bus depot from which the new buses will depart, the largest electric depot in the world outside of China.
The electric fleet consists of 271 buses with a capacity of 50 passengers and 135 vehicles with a capacity of 80 passengers. The beginning of service will be phased in gradually, with 213 buses since Saturday, April 2 and 193 buses on April 23.
The announcement of the arrival of the new Green Móvil fleet was made by Bogotá Mayor Claudia López, the Transport Secretary, Felipe Ramírez, and the Director of TransMilenio, Álvaro Rengifo. The 406 buses will run on 14 different routes to serve the neighborhoods of Fontibón, Usme, Ciudad Bolívar, Usaquén, San Cristóbal, Chapinero, Teusaquillo and Kennedy.
The "Green Móvil Logistic Center" is located in the neighborhood of Las Brisas, in the district of Fontibón, next to the Bogota International Airport. It has an electrical power of 20 megawatts and has the largest capacity of its kind for bus transportation in Bogota and Colombia, and more generally in the world outside China.
A quantifiable impact for the inhabitants
With the introduction of the 406 electric buses, 6.5 tons of fine particles and 17,000 tons of CO2 will no longer be emitted per year. When the entire fleet of 1,485 electric buses is in service, the reduction will be 94,300 tons of CO2 per year. This would be equivalent to taking 42,000 private cars off the road in Bogotá.
An improved passenger experience
The new vehicles are equipped with technological elements to improve passengers’ travel experience: on-board cameras, USB ports for charging cell phones, GPS, information panels, speakers and microphones that communicate directly with the control center, plus permanent transmission of operational data. As well as wheelchair accessible platforms, start and hill climbing assistance, rapid energy recharging process and automatic fire control.
The continued integration of the electric fleet into Bogota's transportation system reinforces our goal of improving service to users, our purpose. We will be able to increase frequencies, reduce noise, improve air quality for passengers and the community in general. We are putting the best technology currently available in the market at the service of citizens. In addition to the benefits for users, the entry into service of this new fleet has generated more than 1,100 direct jobs through the Green Móvil concessionary.
Álvaro José Rengifo, director of TransMilenio
Perhaps the best way to honor the memory of our children, those in heaven and those here, is to continue working for the City of Bogotá that they deserve. A clean, green, sustainable, inclusive Bogotá, a Bogotá that gets better every day for everyone.
Claudia Lopez, Mayor of Bogotá
The Green Móvil team expressed its immense pride in having successfully implemented this challenging project which is now a reality for the city of Bogotá.