- The new Foton electric buses, acquired by Enel X and delivered to SUBUS under financial leasing, will connect Santiago's southern, central, and northern areas.
Santiago, January 07, 2023 - After inaugurating the La Pintana Electroterminal, the new Santa Rosa corridor began operating today, incorporating 107 new electric buses into the public transportation system of the Metropolitan Region.
The new electric buses will benefit more than 55 thousand people in 9 municipalities; Maipú, Estación Central, Santiago, Ñuñoa, Peñalolén, Pudahuel, Cerro Navia, Quinta Normal, and Lo Prado.
"The electroterminals have the necessary infrastructure to absorb their energy demand and a system of charging points that allow them to supply the electricity flexibly by managing the power and their charging schedules. This public-private effort is a new sign that it is possible to accelerate the goal of electrifying 100% of Santiago's public transport by 2040", said Karla Zapata, Enel X Chile’s General Manager.
Besides not emitting emissions and reducing noise levels, electric buses also have the advantages of transport with universal accessibility with ramp, kneeling suspension systems, double and preferential seats, yellow and corrugated demarcated pillars for people with limited vision, anti-trap door system, among other features. The new fleet of electric buses that SUBUS will operate will not only reduce the environmental impact, contributing to the decontamination of the city but will also generate operational savings of approximately 70% compared to diesel buses. Since they arrived in Chile in 2017, users have evaluated electric buses positively, achieving a score above 6.0.