China’ BYD has inked another strategic deal for its electric bus products, this time in Uruguay with one of the country’s leading tourism companies. The agreement was witnessed by Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica.
Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, President of Buquebus, Uruguay’s largest tourism company, stated, “I am ready to invest heavily in a natural Uruguay – I will replace my whole tourism bus fleet with new energy buses.”
BYD Senior Business Director Stanley Lin Tang commented that “Uruguay is an important tourism market yet it imports all of its petroleum. Promoting electric vehicles not only contributes to environmental protection and economic recovery, but it also improves Uruguay’s energy security”.
The BYD GreenCity buses that CTS and Buquebus are purchasing are able to run 250 km on a single charge in urban conditions, with an energy consumption of less than 130 kWh per 100 km.
The core technology of the BYD electric buses is BYD self-developed Iron-Phosphate battery technology boasting the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally-friendly rechargeable chemistry.
The BYD buses have been in service in four cities including Shenzhen, Changsha, Shaoguan and Xi’an accumulating over 7.4 million kilometers by the end of June 2012.
The first BYD electric buses will arrive in Uruguay before end of 2012 with a target of having over 500 buses running by 2015.
Buquebus is the largest tourism transportation company in Uruguay carrying more than 2 million passengers in neighboring Argentina and Uruguay a year by ferry and bus.
Buquebus was created over 30 years ago by CEO, Mr. Juan Carlos Lopez Mena starting with a 40-year-old vessel and a market of only one hundred thousand passengers. Buquebus is also the largest Tourist Agent in South America, selling over 300,000 hotel beds and 400,000 city tours per year.
BYD is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric buses. BYD’s solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand.
BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
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“Uruguay ..........imports all of its petroleum. Promoting electric vehicles not only contributes to environmental protection and economic recovery, but it also improves Uruguay’s energy security”.Jul 25th, 2012 - 01:20 pm 0
Where does the electricity come from to charge these overweight behemoths?
Diesel alternators in the most part, very little comes from hydroelectric and vertually nothing is imported (which WOULD be cheaper) due to the antics of our 'good friends' across the Plate demanding (as ever) rediculously higher prices to transit their power grid thus stopping imports dead.
Diesel alternator sets are very useful for small countries where the diesel price is cheap, but they are reletively inefficient, certainly when comapared to gas turbine sets. ANCAP (the government monopoly) sees to it that no fuels are cheap in Uruguay being at least 10% over-priced due to the fiscal drag of a nationalised business.
So instead of putting the diesl directly into the buses, it will now be used in D/A sets, transmitted (with losses) into some sort of charging system, more I2R losses (heat in the charger) and then into a battery, which weighs an order of magnitude more than the diesel fuel system of a modern, particulate filtered bus.
With modern particulate systems even the environmental argument is false. AND, the maintenance costs are higher, especially when it comes to swapping the batteries (no mention of that by the manufacturer).
We should perhaps ask ourselves one question: why have no European countries purchased these buses? Answer: because they are expensive to run and maintain when compared to a modern diesel powered bus which is not limited to 250km, range.
I predict we shall see these things being towed back to the bus station for a recharge and them stranded on highways having depleted their charge.