Yutong has started the shipment of 130 “double source” trolleybuses. “Double source” means that the vehicles are propelled by a dual-power system composed of “power battery + power grid”. The shipment consists of eighty 12m trolleybuses and fifty 18m trolleybuses.
Yutong states this order is the largest batch of double source trolleybuses in the world in recent years, and also the first batch of 18m double source trolleybuses exported overseas.
These “double source” trolley buses can fully use the charging and discharging characteristics of the battery to reduce vehicle power consumption, but according to Yutong also achieve more energy-saving effect through the braking energy recovery and energy management. The Chinese manufacturer says the drive line lay-out can save more than 30% in fuel costs compared to fuel-powered bus with same body length.
The buses will arrive in Mexico during this summer until October and will be put into operation in its capital Mexico City, the second largest city in the world, with a population of about 22 million. In recent years, as local economy grows and urbanization accelerates, urban air pollution and traffic jam problems are becoming increasingly serious. In order to alleviate these problems, Mexico City is vigorously developing BRT lines and promoting green travel.
In 2019, the first Yutong double source trolleybus arrived in Mexico City. At present, sixty-three Yutong 12-meter double source trolleybus have been operated in the city for over the past five months. Since the Yutong double source trolleybuses came into operation, line capacity has increased from 66,000 to 100,000 ridership average daily. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheimbaum has said that Mexico City will continue to purchase about five hundred double source trolleybuses over the next five years.
By the end of April 2020, over 23,000 Yutong buses have been exported to the Americas, accounting for more than 53% in China export volume of large and medium-sized buses, becoming the No.1 China bus brand in Latin America.
In overseas markets, as of April 2020, Yutong has exported a total of 73,000 buses, and its sales and service network has covered major overseas markets such as Europe, CIS, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and other major overseas markets.