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Panama testing electric buses to heritage site

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ELECTRIC powered street transportation is the wave of the future and Mayor José Isabel Blandón intends Panama to be on its crest.

Before December, the city will begin a six months-test of an electric bus on a route from the metro station of Plaza Cinco de Mayo to the iconic Casco Viejo World Heritage site.

On Friday, September 1 Blandon said that when he was at a forum in Bogota the Chinese Company BVD  which operates electric buses in the Colombian capital and has an office in Panama offered a free six month’s test of the bus.

The mayor said that the city plan envisaged three routes for travelers to the old city: from Plaza 5 de Mayo, from Amador and from El Chorrillo.

City Hall would coordinate this pilot plan with the Transit Authority,(ATTT) the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Energy and the  Mi Bus company. During the test period, it would be verified if the route would have demand,  and if the bus can operate well in the streets of San Felipe.

The mayor said he had already made the proviso that the bus should be modified for use by people in wheel chairs.

If the pilotrun is successfu,  Panama City Hall would buy the buses and they would be operated by the Mi Bus Company.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/panama-2/panama-testing-electric-buses-heritage-site

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Free rides on Panama’s first electric bus

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A pilot operation of Panama’s first electric bus system began on Monday, August 6. The route will be from El Marañon to Casco Viejo and will be managed by the Mi Bus Company and for the first six months rides will be free says the Mayor’s office. The project is carried out with the support of the BYD company that provided the 45-passenger bus.
 

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Vandalism halts electric bus trial

Posted 13/02/2019
 
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Vandalism has led to the suspension of the electric bus service running to Casco Viejo says the Panama City Mayor’s office and the MiBus company. The bus is part of the 5 de Mayo Electric Mobility Pilot Plan. .According to the first reports, the glass of the transport was damaged while it was parked in  El Chorrillo.late on Tuesday, February 12.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/vandalism-halts-electric-bus-trial

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New electric bus will test on multiple Panama routes

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COMING to Panama soon

Posted 25/06/2019

A 12-meter long electric bus will come into service on Panama highways in the coming months.

The model unit k9, a far cry from the smoke-belching diablos rojos (red devils) that once clogged Panama City streets can travel  over  300 kilometers.

The bus will travel to different destinations such as Corredor Sur, Corredor Norte, Transístmica, Tumba Muerto, among other routes. The electric bus model k7, currently operates only in the area of Casco Viejo from 5:30 am to  9:35 am and 1:40 to 5:45 pm It has been operating since August 2018 and has carried over 50.000  passengers.

A 12-meter long electric bus will come into service on Panama highways in the coming months.

The model unit k9, a far cry from the smoke-belching diablos rojos (red devils) that once clogged Panama City streets can travel over 300 kilometers.

The  bus will travel to different destinations such as Corredor Sur, Corredor Norte, Transístmica, Tumba Muerto, among other routes. The electric bus model k7, currently operates only in the area of Casco Viejo from 5:30 am to  9:35 am and 1:40 to 5:45 pm It has been operating since August 2018 and has carried over 50.000  passengers.

 

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New electric bus testing on City and corridor routes

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Posted 13/08/2019

A K9 model  electric bus  made by China’s BYD company began  operations in Panama City on Tuesday, August 13

It will circulate on different routes in the city and on the corridors for a six-month trial period while functionality and performance will be evaluated.

The bus will change routes every three weeks. The first will be the C640 Panama Viejo - Albrook and when boarding, users must validate their card, at the current rate of 25 cents and .75 cents for corridor routes.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/new-electric-bus-testing-on-city-and-corridor-routes

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Free electric bus service extends hours

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Posted 30/08/2019

The electric bus service that is part of the Panama Mayor's Office mobility project has extended the hours of service on the route from Plaza Cinco de Mayo to Casco Viejo, a key tourist destination in Panama City

The municipality authorities reiterated that the transport is free and includes eight stops, on the route.

"This vehicle is operated by the MiBus company, from Monday to Friday from 5:30 am to 9:35 am; while in the afternoon the schedule is from 1:40 pm to 5:45 pm, "said a statement.  Previously it started at 6:15 am and ended at 5:15 pm.  

Some 50,000 users benefit from the operation of the electric bus which carries 40 passengers says the mayor's office.

 

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MiBus planning major purchase of electric vehicles

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Posted 02/09/2020

MiBus Panama is planning to purchase 195 medium-sized electric buses for use on the routes of the capital city.as part of the strategy to gradually replace the fleet of buses that use fossil fuels, while reducing operating and maintenance  costs and reducing environmental impact.

The MiBus board of directors had already approved the purchase of 35 electric buses to provide service in San Miguelito and other points where there are narrow streets.

As a result of the positive impact of the operation of electric buses and the implementation of the electric mobility strategy, "we are analyzing the feasibility" of making a single purchase of 195 electric buses, said  MiBus president Luis Campana.

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The maintenance of electric buses is easier than that of a diesel system because they have fewer components. One of the important factors is the cost of energy. MiBus seeks to apply as a major client to. buy energy directly from power  providers  The buses would be charged in the early morning when there is less demand for energy.

The initiative gained strength with the pilot plan that included the circulation of two electric buses from the Xhinese  BYD company as a test on different routes in the capital.

 Currently there is one that provides the service from Plaza 5 de Mayo to the Old To Casco Viejo and another circulates on other routes in the city.

This experience has served to put together a financial model to acquire these electric buses, explained Campana.

The total amount of the investment is not yet available, but a medium electric bus, with capacity for 45 passengers, has an estimated cost of $180,000, not including import prices and electric chargers.

The World Bank offers advice to Panama on financing mechanisms. It is expected to have the specifications ready in the coming months to call the tender before the end of the year or the beginning of 2021.

There are six interested companies. Proposals would be received in the first months of next year. MiBus has 1,436 buses. The mobility strategy sets a goal of having between 15% and 30% electric buses by 2030 or more than 300 units.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/mibus-planning-major-purchase-of-electric-vehicles

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