La Défense, France, 12-Oct-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — ENGIE was awarded a contract to provide Santiago de Chile’s public transportation system with an integrated offer comprising: leasing of 100 electric buses, installation and maintenance of the related electric charging infrastructure supplied with 100% certified renewable energy. This initiative is part of the country’s Public Transportation Plan for the Third Millennium announced by President Sebastián Piñera. The plan aims to improve Santiago’s public transportation system both in terms of quality and sustainability. The objective is to develop an 100% low-emission system with 6,000 electric buses set for operation by 2040.
With 200 electric buses already functioning by 2019, half of which will be supplied by ENGIE, Chile will become the 2nd country with the largest electric bus fleet after China.
ENGIE has been present in Chile for many years and has established a strong plan for the development of sustainable mobility. Recently, the Group carried out emblematic initiatives: proposal of a light rail system to link Santiago’s airport to the city (declared of public interest by local authorities), the implementation of the first electric taxi fleet in Santiago, the development of an intelligent network of charging stations for electric vehicles and the launch of a range of services based on electric mobility to offer delivery and car-sharing through MuvSmart, a start-up company acquired by ENGIE.
ENGIE counts 2,800 employees in Chile who put their expertise into practice in the delivery of centralized and decentralized energy solutions (both electricity and gas), as well as services and solutions for territories. In addition, the Group offers engineering services in the country through its subsidiary Tractebel, and hosts a research and development center.
Pierre Chareyre, ENGIE Executive Vice President, in charge of the Business Units Global Energy Management and Latin America, said: “Santiago is at the forefront of the energy transition in Latin America and ENGIE is proud to be a partner of choice for Santiago in improving its quality of life and attractiveness.”
In line with its aim to become the leader of the energy transition for cities and regions, ENGIE delivers a broad range of products and services to enhance quality of life in urban environments. At the heart of the Group’s strategy for cities, green mobility is a key lever to improve air quality and reduce green-house gas emission levels, enabling cleaner and efficient fuels, smoother traffic flows and more efficient mass transit.
From the electrification of mass transit in Dakar, Senegal, to the supply of bio compressed natural gas and hydrogen through the first multi-alternative fuel station of France, in Rungis, and the management of traffic flows in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ENGIE is at the forefront of the energy revolution in the field of clean transportation and a partner of choice for cities and regions.
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