Spotlight on the C40/CCI Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program

The C40/CCI Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program is in the spotlight with a feature article in the October issue of AutoBus, the leading industry publication on bus transport in Brazil.

Supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the program aims to develop a market for fuel efficient, low-carbon buses in Latin America, where urban transportation is the fastest growing source of carbon emissions. In its first phase, it tests the environmental performance and economic benefits of hybrid and electric buses from several manufacturers under real traffic conditions. Four C40 cities are participating: Rio de Janeiro, which launched the program in June, 2011; Sao Paulo, where testing is now underway; as well as Curitiba and Bogota.

Autobus spoke with Guillerme Wilson, Manager of Planning and Operations at Fetranspor, Federation of Transport Companies in the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Adalberto Maluf, C40/CCI’s City Director in Sao Paulo, on the strong potential for hybrid and electric bus technology to play a role in delivering sustainable public transport -- a goal all participating cities share.

“Building awareness of the program’s aims and progress is essential to building political will and support for action once the test results are in,” says Manuel Olivera who leads the Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program across the region.

Indeed, following the initial testing phase, C40/CCI will use the data to work with the Cities to make recommendations for a regional strategy to drive the uptake of these advanced technologies. If the test program is successful, it is expected to catalyze the deployment of 9,000 buses across  Latin American cities and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 566,000 tons by 2016. So far, test results are promising, indicating CO2 emissions from hybrid buses are at least 30 percent lower than those from normal diesel buses.