Uruguay’s capital Montevideo incorporates first hybrid vehicle into its bus fleet
South America is still lagging behind in adoption of electric vehicles. Chinese companies are already approaching public transport authorities across the world to offer their electric and hybrid urban mobility solutions. A ceremony was recently held in Uruguay’s capital city Montevideo, to unveil the first China-manufactured hybrid vehicle which is being incorporated into the city’s bus fleet.
The ceremony was held outside the City Hal in Montevideo, and marked the presence of Minister Victor Rossi, representatives of the COETC -- the cooperative which operates the bus fleet in Montevideo -- and representatives of bigwig Chinese bus manufacturer Yutong.
The recently-unveiled hybrid vehicle which was has now joined Montevideo’s bus fleet is a Chinese-manufactured bus which runs on diesel as well as electricity. The cost-effective hybrid vehicle will likely entail a 30 percent saving in fuel costs for the COETC, the city of Montevideo as well as the commuters. In addition, the vehicle will also be environmentally-friendly, as it would reduce carbon-dioxide emissions.
The performance of the bus will be assessed by the COETC while it is driven on different routes in the city
With regard to the incorporation of the hybrid vehicle in the Montevideo bus fleet, the city’s Mayor Daniel Martinez said at the vehicle’s unveiling ceremony that the move is aimed at benefitting the society by using “sustainable models” to improve mass transit. He also added alongside: “The transportation of the future is electric.”
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