GSEP and partners sign agreement to add first electric bus to Lima’s public transit system

November 23, 2018

Today, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) signed an agreement with the Peruvian Ministries of Energy and Mines, Environment, and Transport and Communications, and Protransporte (local public transit operator) to add the first electric bus into Lima’s official public transit system. This is a major step towards creating greener public transport in Lima and in Peru. GSEP member companies Hydro-Québec and Enel are spearheading this project. The two companies are global leaders in the promotion of electric transport and the deployment of charging infrastructure.

For the two-year period of this pilot project, an electric bus will operate on one of the busiest arteries in Lima, collecting real-time data on speed, battery performance, operations and environmental impact. The data will be analyzed and compiled into a report that the Peruvian government will use to implement large-scale electrification across the country’s public transit systems. The Peruvian government considers transportation electrification as an important step towards meeting its commitment to reduce the country’s carbon footprint by 31% before 2030.

The 80-passenger electric bus will be operated by one of Protransporte’s local operators. The bus will be equipped with a smart monitoring system that will transfer operational data in real time. It will also have a state-of-the art digital payment system and air conditioning, an uncommon feature in a city with hot summers. The bus can cover 364 km on a single battery charge.

The switch to electric mobility will have real impacts for Lima and Peru. Not only does this technology reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions, it will also reduce local noise pollution. Electric buses can reduce costs for operators, as lifetime maintenance costs can be up to 25% lower than those of regular diesel or natural gas buses. In Peru, the savings can be even more significant because electricity can be up to ten times cheaper than gasoline.

"We are certain that in the near future, the Peruvian government, the private sector and other interested stakeholders will use the invaluable experience from this project to accelerate the electrification of the country’s public transportation system," said José Manuel Revuelta, Country Manager of Enel Peru.

"Our experience in electric mobility has shown us the importance of doing pilot projects like this one to gather as much valuable information as possible to lay the foundation for a model that will permit large-scale electrification of the public transit system, custom-designed for the city of Lima and for Peru. This will contribute to making our planet greener," said Jacqueline Mongrut, Vice President at Hydro-Québec International.

"GSEP members are committed to promoting electrification as a vital path for the decarbonization of energy and the achievement of national climate action plans. The electric bus project we are announcing today in Lima is designed to concretely illustrate how transportation electrification can contribute to reducing air pollution and help countries like Peru decarbonize and achieve their emissions reduction targets," said Martine Provost, Executive Director of GSEP.

This project will be executed by Enel X, a division of the Enel Group. Enel X is a global business with an open strategy geared towards digitalization, sustainability and innovation. The company uses smart, simple and fast technologies to help customers discover a new way of using energy.

Hydro-Québec is a public, Canadian company responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of clean and renewable electric power (99% of Hydro-Québec’s electricity is produced with no direct carbon emissions). It currently has 63 hydroelectric power plants and is one of the largest electricity producers in Canada.