GO ECO GREEN21. Montevideo, Uruguay – On May, BYD and Abriley S.A., the local distributor for Uruguay and a pioneer in Latin American transport electrification, delivered a fleet of 20 units of BYD 12-meter pure electric buses to CUTCSA, the country’s largest urban public transport operator, in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Dr. Luis Lacalle Pou, the President of Uruguay witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Executive Tower in Montevideo’s Plaza Independencia.
The delivery of the 20 buses is the result of years of work and evaluations done with CUTCSA, local and national authorities. BYD’s bus imported in 2013 by Abriley served as the foundation for the replacement of units executed under the MOVES Program (Urban Sustainable and Efficient Mobility National Program), which seeks to gradually replace traditional diesel-powered buses with electric ones.
Dr. Luis Lacalle Pou, President of Uruguay, celebrated the impact of the special initiative in the midst of difficult times, mentioning that it promotes caring for the environment for future generations, an issue that is usually relegated to others without proper investments. The president added that this transportation project helps build greater sovereignty, especially for a country like Uruguay that is not an oil producer but is a strong power generator.
Mr. Attie, President of Abriley and distributor of BYD in Uruguay, who was unable to attend the event due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, expressed to the National Authorities of Uruguay his immense pride in such an important milestone for the country’s development and its transport, and noted that “this project began when Abriley imported the first 100% electric bus ever as an independent distributor to Latin America, and today Uruguay becomes one of the leaders in Latin America in electrifying its transport.”
BYD continues to expand its operations throughout Latin America, following a firm commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. Its pure electric vehicles are successfully servicing markets in many countries across the region, including Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, and Brazil. BYD’s electric buses and taxis are currently running in over 300 cities across 50 countries and regions worldwide.
Compañía Uruguaya de Transportes Colectivos S.A. (CUTCSA) is the largest transport company in Uruguay, in terms of the number of transport units. It has provided urban transport services in Montevideo since 1937. Montevideo’s activity and mobility are closely linked to the services provided by CUTCSA, since the company links up more than 100 points of the city daily, and also reaches the two neighboring regions of San José and Canelones. As a transport company, CUTCSA has always been at the technological forefront, seeking to implement all the possible measures at its disposal to reduce its environmental impact. More information on the company can be found at
Abriley is a company with over 40 years’ experience in the auto sector in Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia. In 2011, it became the first independent Latin American auto distribution company to promote the introduction of electrification in the public transport in Uruguay and across Latin America. Abriley is BYD’s distributor for Electric Buses, Taxis and other Electric Vehicles in Uruguay. More information on the company can be found at
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest privately-owned enterprises. Since its inception in 1995, the company quickly developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries and became a relentless advocate of sustainable development, successfully expanding its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions. Its creation of a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sectors. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. More information on the company can be found at