ZEBRA publication

The Technology Development Plan as a tool for the transition to electric buses in the city of Bogotá D.C.

This case study is part of a trilogy of analyses on the strategies that Bogotá has planned for the transportation sector, from a past marked by the use of polluting technologies to the creation of a more sustainable model for the entire region. The basis of this trilogy is to explore the electric bus industry by addressing several topics, among which is the technology upgrade plan, which is the focus of this document and has been a fundamental tool in reaching the current goal of 1485 electric buses in the city.

This report details the elements of the Technology Ascent Plan (PAT), a document that presents specific goals to improve air quality and reduce public health impacts in Bogotá, Colombia, through operational monitoring and follow-up mechanisms coordinated by three different institutions: the Secretariat of Mobility, the District Secretariat of Environment, and TransMilenio. The authors explore its main components and analyze the development of guidelines for the implementation of zero or low emission vehicles, the creation of a database with information in the public domain, and the definition of clean mobility strategies in an evaluation and control program. This is an important document to guide the decarbonization of the city’s fleet, with measures and strategies that can serve as a model for other cities in the country and in Latin America to adopt.