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Charging infrastructure for zero-emissions buses — Strategies in Bogotá, Colombia

In 2021, Colombia became the second market with the most electric buses in the world and by September 2022 it exceeded 1589 electric buses. Colombia is a leader in goals and actions towards the decarbonization of public transportation. The city of Bogota D.C. is the focal point of these advances. As a mentor city of the TUMI E-Bus Mission, it seeks to share its lessons of success to other cities and countries in Latin America and around the world.

In Colombia, thanks to public policies, there are requirements for a minimum purchase of 30% of electric vehicles in the public transport fleet by 2025. According to the requirements imposed by the national government for large cities, a minimum purchase of electric buses is required, starting in 2025 with 10% and progressively increasing to reach 100 % in 2035.

Specifically in Bogotá, the local government has gone further and has established that it will not allow new internal combustion buses as of 2022. To achieve this, the business models, vehicle typologies and recharging infrastructure necessary for the use of zero-emission buses will have to be in place.