GSEP, Enel X and Hydro-Québec donate the first electric bus to the Urban Transport Authority for Lima and Callao (ATU)
The Lima e-bus, the first electric public transport bus in the country, has been operating for eighteen months in Lima and Callao, Peru, as part of a project by the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership and its members Enel X and Hydro-Québec.
Throughout this time, the bus has generated important environmental benefits, such as the reduction of atmospheric and noise pollution.
As part of their commitment to promote electric mobility as an enabler for the energy transition, GSEP and its members Enel X and Hydro-Québec, donated the Lima e-bus, the first electric public transport bus in the country, as well as charging infrastructure to the Urban Transport Authority for Lima and Callao (ATU) in Peru on March 10, 2022. With this donation, the bus will be permanently in charge of the ATU and will continue its operation for the benefit of public transportation in the capital city.
The Lima e-bus has been operating for eighteen months on the Javier Prado - Faucett Road Corridor in Lima. During this time, its operation was evaluated to demonstrate the feasibility of electrifying public transportation in Peru. It was found that the bus generated important environmental benefits avoiding 94 tons of CO2 emissions compared to a diesel bus and 107 tons of CO2 emissions compared to a NGV bus. It also reduced noise pollution and the cost of vehicle maintenance.
Regarding operating costs, it is estimated that the cost savings during the useful life of the e-bus will be 30% less than a diesel bus and 17% less than a NGV bus. It is also worth noting the positive riding experience of passengers, who indicated that they are very satisfied with the Lima e-bus, citing the benefits in noise reduction and the amenities offered to passengers on board (i.e. USB chargers, Wifi and security cameras). Similarly, a large number of passengers surveyed expressed a desire for more e-buses operating in Lima.
"GSEP and its members are firmly committed to cleaner electricity generation and end-use electrification. We deeply believe that electricity is the low-carbon energy of the future. This e-bus project helps the ATU, bus operators, customers, utilities and ministries to better understand the challenges and opportunities that electric mobility can generate and demystifies this technology that, thanks to the reduction of emissions, greenhouse gases, and noise, is revolutionizing the way people and goods are transported around the world," said Vincent-Michel Duval, GSEP Executive Director.
"This important donation of the Lima e-bus to the Urban Transport Authority for Lima and Callao (ATU), allows us to continue driving the development of sustainable transport, promoting the use of electromobility in the Integrated Transport System of Lima and Callao and also to support the Peruvian government in opening the country to electric mobility technology," said Marco Fragale, Country Manager of Enel Peru.
"With the Lima e-bus project, Enel X contributes to establishing the minimum technical specifications that promote the incorporation of public transport vehicles with latest generation technology that, in turn, allow the elimination of polluting gas emissions in line with the commitments made by the country within the framework of the Paris Agreement through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and improves the quality of life of limeños and chalacos," said Alejandro Barragan, General Manager of Enel X Peru.
"Hydro-Québec strongly believes in electromobility as a key enabler of the energy transition. With the e-bus project, we have been able to support Peru's goal of implementing large-scale electrification throughout the country by sharing our knowledge of electrification of transport and our vast experience in electric charging networks and batteries," said Christine Cantin, Hydro-Québec's Director of Public Affairs.