• 8 February 2023
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TUMI E-Bus Mission Update | February 2023

A new year has begun and our monthly Update is back, after the Holiday Season!

We are happy to communicate news from our cities across all regions with you: the electric transition didn’t take a break and a lot has been going on. From Latin America to Africa and India, the joint work with our partners and local actors is translating into the deployment of more e-buses, the reduction of further CO2 emissions, and the improvement of air quality in various cities.

This month, we are also happy to launch a series of videos on the main focus areas of the E-Bus Mission. You will be able to find out more about our work, first hand from city officials, local authorities and operators.

We hope you enjoy reading!


Number of the Month

11,915 e-buses ordered in India in less than one year!



India is taking amazing steps in its electric transition and has managed to secure 11,915 e-buses in less than one year with the support of the TUMI E-Bus Mission.

First, through the Grand Challenge, demand was aggregated for 5,450 e-buses across five cities. This collective procurement strategy, which concluded in April 2022, was led by the Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the Ministry of Power. Then, under the National Electric Bus Program (NEBP), a first tender for 6,465 e-buses was floated this January. The units will run in six Indian states, and the prices discovered, which don’t include any subsidies, are 29% lower than diesel buses!

second tender of 4,675 e-buses has already been announced under the NEBP. The Program aims to aggregate demand for public bus transport agencies and to deploy 50,000 e-buses across the country by 2030.

Learn more about the support of the TUMI E-Bus Mission in India by watching the video on e-bus procurement in our YouTube channel!

Watch the video!


Regional E-Bus Mission Highlights

Curitiba opened its call for e-bus trials


Photo: Soninha Vill / GIZ Brasil

The City of Curitiba extended the Public Call for Technical Cooperation Agreement Aiming at the Operational Demonstration of Electric Buses. The new deadline for the presentation of the Expression of Interest for Technical Cooperation Agreement Aiming at the Operational Demonstration of Electric Buses is on April 30, 2023.
Are you interested in testing your electric bus in Curitiba? Find further information in the link.

More information.


Nairobi: 15 new e-buses!


Photo: BasiGo Kenya

The city of Nairobi is enlarging its e-bus fleet thanks to NaMATA’s commitment to deploying clean and improved mass transportation, and the support of the TUMI E-Bus Mission in the city. After the presentation of Nairobi’s e-bus roadmap was launched in December, the local company BasiGo rolled out 15 new electric units in 2023.

Read more on Kenya’s electric transition.


New e-bus project in Pasto


Photo: Alcaldía de Pasto

The Colombian city of Pasto is doing a feasibility study to conduct a pilot project with 15 e-buses in the city. Together with the consultant company TRACTEBEL, the TUMI E-Bus Mission is providing technical assistance for the design of the charging infrastructure, as well as insights on business models for the e-bus deployment. With TUMI’s support, the network city will soon begin the transformation of its public transport system!

Find out more in the video.


A new 100% electric route in the city of Mérida


Photo: Va y Ven, Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán

In Mexico, the state of Yucatán will be implementing a new 100% electric route in the city of Mérida, one of our network cities. In this context, the TUMI E-Bus Mission will be providing support for the definition of the technical requirements of the charging infrastructure that is going to be tendered.

Find out more about the project.


New E-Bus Related Publications

Investment guide for zero emission buses in Brazil



C40, together with the ZEBRA Partnership, launched an Investment Guide for the implementation of zero emission buses in Brazil, in the context of the TUMI E-Bus Mission. The report aims to promote new investment in the implementation of zero emission (ZE) buses in the country. It provides city officials and public transportation teams with an understanding of the business models for ZE bus deployment. It also guides bus manufactures interested in producing ZE buses, and provides guidelines to attract potential investors, including those interested in providing both debt and equity for ZE bus projects.

Read the English or Portuguese publication.


Analysis of electric bus performance monitoring in Mexico City



This ICCT report analyzes the performance and energy consumption of an articulated e-bus in Mexico City, one of the TUMI E-Bus Mission deep dive cities. The daily operation of the bus was monitored over a 10-month period to evaluate its operational performance, and showed outstanding energy consumption indicators: for 99% of this period, the consumption ranged between 0.86 and 1.0 kWh/km!

Read the report.


Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities

E-Course Digitalizing E-Bus Projects



The TUMI E-Bus Mission e-course Digitalizing E-Bus Project still welcomes new participants! Join this training to learn how to plan, procure and achieve improved operations efficiency of e-bus projects with digital tools.

Find more information here!


TUMI E-Bus Mission Day in Colombia

The three-day event will bring together city representatives from the Colombian TUMI E-Bus Mission cities. Delegates will take part in a full day workshop on the topic of circular economy and electric buses. They will also engage in a City Network Dialogue, and do a site visit to some of the city’s e-bus facilities.

When? Wednesday 22 Feb – Friday 24 Feb

Where? Bogotá, Colombia