PRESS RELEASE

Launch of the first hybrid bus

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Monday, July 30, 2018

This press release from Uruguay's Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining was published using an automatic translation system.

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The first hybrid collective transport vehicle that will circulate around the city arrived from the hand of the Coetc cooperative and was officially presented this Friday, July 27, in the Active Space of the IM. A new link is added to the electric mobility of the country.

The minister (I), Guillermo Moncecchi, participated in the launch; the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Víctor Rossi; and the mayor of Montevideo, Daniel Martinez.

The omnibus - Youtong brand - marks a new instance in terms of sustainable and sustainable development being preceded only by the first electric bus and the fleet of taxis launched during 2016.

Moncecchi said that this initiative was good news for what it means in the medium and long term. "This is a sample of policies that are being met," he said, adding that "the roles of policies are to generate conditions for things to happen."

The leader said that in the future it will be essential to have the data that will drive the circulation of this type of buses in the capital because "it will allow us to make decisions in the future and evaluate alternatives to improve policies with back and forth in an increasingly dynamic reality" .

The interim minister highlighted this initiative as the product of a joint and long-term effort between institutions and workers and that is now visualizing its results with a strategic and productive point of view.

The vehicle consists of a hybrid bus (diesel - electric) that also has a low floor, with universal accessibility. The load is self-generated when the vehicle brakes or if it passes 20 km when the engine is turned on, thus being able to power the battery. It also has integral pneumatic suspension.

The bus will be in operation in its different services to be tested in order to check the fuel economy that is estimated to reach between 25% and 30% of savings.

In this way, the unit will be working on the different lines of transport of the company to measure and evaluate its performance.