The Green Line, a bus rapid transit system, opened in São José dos Campos, Brazil, at the end of 2021. EV buses manufactured by BYD Brazilian subsidiary are running on this route. The interior is comfortable and quiet, and there are USB ports under the seats to charge cell phones. Since its opening, many people have been using the route. São José dos Campos is the center of Brazil’s aerospace industry and home to Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the Brazilian National Space Research Institute, etc. In November 2021, BYD Brazil took delivery of 12.22-meter-long EV articulated buses. According to the head of the company in charge of operating the “Green Line,” each BYD EV bus has a capacity of 168 passengers. There is a large bus charging station near the station, which can be fully recharged in three hours and run 250 km continuously.
According to Paiva, BYD’s EV buses are in operation in more than 10 Brazilian cities. The company is also in talks with the city of São Paulo to convert 3,000 of the city’s route buses to EV buses, using the green route bus system in Brazil’s largest city as a model case to get more cities to run new energy vehicles.