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A push for more electric buses in Latin America

The electric vehicle market in Latin America remains small. An alliance between investors and manufacturers seeks to change that

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Investors and manufacturers team up to boost electric bus sales in Latin America. Photo: Zhang Sheng/Shutterstock

While China is the world’s biggest polluter, it is also that country that invests the most in renewable energy. As an example, in 2018, the metropolis of Shenzhen became the first city in the world to have its 17,000 buses and 12,600 taxis fueled purely by electricity.

Meanwhile, in Latin America, electric buses are a rarity, helping to make its largest cities some of the most polluted places in the world. Across Central and South America, there are just 1,962 electric buses, 1.95 percent of the total fleet.

As a way to address this shortfall, a group of...

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