E-BUS RADAR

Electric buses
in Latin America

The E-BUS RADAR platform promotes and monitors the initiatives of Latin American cities to insert electric buses (e-buses) into their urban public transport systems. The objectives of this platform are: (1) to monitor and to map the e-bus fleets in operation; (2) to promote data transparency; (3) to quantify the annual CO2 emissions thanks to these vehicles.

The E-BUS RADAR data refers to the systems in operation as of January 2021, in Latin America cities and metropolitan areas that already count e-buses in the public transport fleets. E-buses that have already been purchased but are yet to enter the fleets are not showcased in the platform. For an overview of the e-bus data that feeds into the platform, a public spreadsheet is available here.

For more detailed information on the methodologythat we used to calculate CO2savings -developed by IEMA in collaboration with ICCT -, please read this document.

Additionally, where applicable, the E-BUS RADAR showcases the potential to avoid premature deaths due to improved air quality, if all buses were electric instead of traditional diesel buses linked to poor air quality. These projections are extracted from analyses carried out by the C40 Benefits team, which can be found here.

Finally, in some cases, the E-BUS RADAR also highlights which cities have ongoing tenders that will lead to significant deployments of e-buses.

As the e-bus fleet grows in Latin America, this platform will be regularly updated, and several new cities will be added. The E-BUS RADAR being a collaborative platform, If you have any observations regarding any mistakes or lack of data in the platform, or any other comments, please do not hesitate to contact us: contato@ebusradar.org.

Why e-buses?

Emissions from the transportation sector generate over $ 1 trillion in health damage every year. The growth of that sector has also contributed to expanding greenhouse gas emissions associated with rising sea levels, temperatures, fires, and other impacts on climate change.

Urban bus fleets are the primary way of urban mobility for hundreds of millions of citizens in Latin America. However, those fleets are yet powered by diesel, an obsolete, and highly polluting technology. In order to tackle the challenges imposed on air quality and climate by diesel engines, cities must embrace an energy and technological transition.

E-buses are an excellent solution for promoting cleaner and healthier urban areas while supporting local and national governments to achieve their climate goals. In this context, the expansion of e-bus fleets in Latin American cities is key to the economic and global future.

Who are we?

Idea & Development:

LABMOB: The Sustainable Mobility Laboratory, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), develops innovative solutions focused on sustainable technologies, urban logistics, sustainable travel plans, and micro-mobility. LABMOB provides an inspiring and fruitful collaboration between academia, the private sector, and civil society.

Partnership:

ZEBRA: Financed and facilitated by P4G and co-led by C40 Cities and the ICCT, with support by Centro Mario Molina Chile and WRI, the Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator partnership aims to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission buses in major Latin American cities.

C40: C40 connects 96 of the world’s largest and most influential cities, representing 700+ million citizens and one-quarter of the global economy. C40 mayors are committed to increasing resilience, cleaning the air we breathe, and taking inclusive climate action to create a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

ICCT: The International Council on Clean Transportation is an organization founded to provide governments and environmental regulators with impartial technical research and analysis. Its mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.

P4G: P4G is a global initiative that applies a venture capital approach to investing in concrete public-private partnerships that can deliver market-based solutions at speed and scale for sustainable economic growth.

Collaboration:

IEMA: The Institute of Energy and Environment is a Brazilian non-profit organization dedicated to qualifying decision-making processes so that the transport and energy systems in Brazil ensure the sustainable use of natural resources with social and economic development.

Support:

iCS: The Climate and Society Institute is a philanthropic organization that promotes prosperity, justice, and low-carbon development in Brazil.

Special thanks:

The E-BUS RADAR partners would also like to express their gratitude to the Associação Brasileira do Veículo Elétrico (ABVE), the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and World Resources Institute (WRI) for their kind support.

Collaborate with us by sending us information regarding e-bus fleets in Latin American cities. Feel free to get in touch if you see anything missing, any mistakes or if you have any other queries. Our email address is contato@ebusradar.org.

by vehicle type
by manufacturer

Total electric buses

Total electric buses

of buses in the cities on the platform ()

of buses in this country's cities on the platform ()

of the total of buses in the city ()

Total city bus fleet data currently unavailable

CO2 savings per year

CO2 savings currently unavailable

premature deaths could be averted each year due to improved air quality, if all buses were electric instead of traditional diesel buses

Up to e-buses will be deployed in the city through the current tender

Data from January 2021

  • Argentina

    • Buenos Aires
    • Córdoba
    • Mendoza
    • Rosario
  • Barbados

    • Bridgetown
  • Brazil

    • Bauru
    • Brasilia
    • Campinas
    • Maringá
    • Santos
    • São Paulo
    • Sao Paulo - Metropolitan Region
    • Volta Redonda
  • Chile

    • La Reina
    • Las Condes
    • Santiago
    • Valparaíso
  • Colombia

    • Bogotá
    • Cali
    • Medellín
  • Ecuador

    • Guayaquil
    • Quito
  • Mexico

    • Guadalajara
    • Mexico City
  • Panama

    • Panama City
  • Paraguay

    • Asunción
  • Peru

    • Lima
  • Uruguay

    • Canelones
    • Montevideo
  • Venezuela

    • Merida

The E-BUS RADAR platform promotes and monitors the initiatives of Latin American cities to insert electric buses (e-buses) into their urban public transport systems. The objectives of this platform are: (1) to monitor and to map the e-bus fleets in operation; (2) to promote data transparency; (3) to quantify the annual CO2 emissions thanks to these vehicles.

The E-BUS RADAR data refers to the systems in operation as of January 2021, in Latin America cities and metropolitan areas that already count e-buses in the public transport fleets. E-buses that have already been purchased but are yet to enter the fleets are not showcased in the platform. For an overview of the e-bus data that feeds into the platform, a public spreadsheet is available here.

For more detailed information on the methodologythat we used to calculate CO2savings -developed by IEMA in collaboration with ICCT -, please read this document.

Additionally, where applicable, the E-BUS RADAR showcases the potential to avoid premature deaths due to improved air quality, if all buses were electric instead of traditional diesel buses linked to poor air quality. These projections are extracted from analyses carried out by the C40 Benefits team, which can be found here.

Finally, in some cases, the E-BUS RADAR also highlights which cities have ongoing tenders that will lead to significant deployments of e-buses.

As the e-bus fleet grows in Latin America, this platform will be regularly updated, and several new cities will be added. The E-BUS RADAR being a collaborative platform, If you have any observations regarding any mistakes or lack of data in the platform, or any other comments, please do not hesitate to contact us: contato@ebusradar.org.

Why e-buses?

Emissions from the transportation sector generate over $ 1 trillion in health damage every year. The growth of that sector has also contributed to expanding greenhouse gas emissions associated with rising sea levels, temperatures, fires, and other impacts on climate change.

Urban bus fleets are the primary way of urban mobility for hundreds of millions of citizens in Latin America. However, those fleets are yet powered by diesel, an obsolete, and highly polluting technology. In order to tackle the challenges imposed on air quality and climate by diesel engines, cities must embrace an energy and technological transition.

E-buses are an excellent solution for promoting cleaner and healthier urban areas while supporting local and national governments to achieve their climate goals. In this context, the expansion of e-bus fleets in Latin American cities is key to the economic and global future.

Who are we?

Idea & Development:

LABMOB: The Sustainable Mobility Laboratory, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), develops innovative solutions focused on sustainable technologies, urban logistics, sustainable travel plans, and micro-mobility. LABMOB provides an inspiring and fruitful collaboration between academia, the private sector, and civil society.

Partnership:

ZEBRA: Financed and facilitated by P4G and co-led by C40 Cities and the ICCT, with support by Centro Mario Molina Chile and WRI, the Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator partnership aims to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission buses in major Latin American cities.

C40: C40 connects 96 of the world’s largest and most influential cities, representing 700+ million citizens and one-quarter of the global economy. C40 mayors are committed to increasing resilience, cleaning the air we breathe, and taking inclusive climate action to create a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

ICCT: The International Council on Clean Transportation is an organization founded to provide governments and environmental regulators with impartial technical research and analysis. Its mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.

P4G: P4G is a global initiative that applies a venture capital approach to investing in concrete public-private partnerships that can deliver market-based solutions at speed and scale for sustainable economic growth.

Collaboration:

IEMA: The Institute of Energy and Environment is a Brazilian non-profit organization dedicated to qualifying decision-making processes so that the transport and energy systems in Brazil ensure the sustainable use of natural resources with social and economic development.

Support:

iCS: The Climate and Society Institute is a philanthropic organization that promotes prosperity, justice, and low-carbon development in Brazil.

Special thanks:

The E-BUS RADAR partners would also like to express their gratitude to the Associação Brasileira do Veículo Elétrico (ABVE), the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and World Resources Institute (WRI) for their kind support.

Collaborate with us by sending us information regarding e-bus fleets in Latin American cities. Feel free to get in touch if you see anything missing, any mistakes or if you have any other queries. Our email address is contato@ebusradar.org.