MiBus, which operates the Metrobús public transport system, has been testing two electric buses supplied to it for free by BYD for the past year. As a result of those trials, MiBus has decided to cancel an order for 160 new diesel buses and purchase electric buses from BYD instead. In total, MiBus will spend $35 million to purchase 195 medium size electric buses for use in Panama City.
In a telephone interview with the Panama Star, Luis Campaña, manager of MiBus, explained that the year long triual period demonstrated the value of regenerative braking and that the buses air conditioning systems were capable of managing the hot, humid environment of Panama. “Since the beginning of 2019, free tests have been carried out with two buses, one large and one medium size bus,” Campaña said. The medium size buses will be used on routes in the Old Quarter, where larger buses might not be able to negotiate narrow streets easily.cleantechnica Panama Cancels Order For Diesel Buses, Will Purchase 195 Electric Buses Instead