Marcopolo starts testing the Attivi electric bus in Chile

The vehicle will circulate through different urban areas of Santiago

13 February 2023

Marcopolo, the leader in Brazil in the production of bus bodies and a benchmark in the global market, began operating the Attivi 100% electric bus in Santiago de Chile this month. The initiative is in line with the company's electromobility strategy to expand its presence in the most advanced markets in electrification, with the formation of strategic alliances for the supply of chassis.


According to André Armaganijan, director of International Business, Commercial Operations and Foreign Market at Marcopolo, the bus will circulate through various urban areas of the capital Santiago so that operators can evaluate its performance on the routes used by conventional diesel buses.

The Attivi model developed for Chile is 12,000mm long and has a Low Entry chassis equipped with an electric motor with a maximum power of 350 kW and torque of 3,500 Nm, ZF RL82A front axle, ZF A132 rear axle, ZF air suspension, brake system Knorr and CATL batteries with a capacity of 350kwh and autonomy between 230 and 280 km (depending on the conditions of use). It has capacity for 91 passengers (with 34 seated in City seats with headrests).

For greater passenger comfort and safety, it has Valeo Revo E air conditioning systems, incorporated into the battery cooling system, internal audio, with preparation for microphone installation, and reverse camera system with siren and monitor in driver's panel, plus internal security camera with recording. It has space for wheelchairs and preferential seating for PWD, internal lighting, all in LED, LED headlights and taillights, and a separate cab for the driver.


As part of its ESG strategy, Marcopolo, the leading supplier of buses for the RED Movilidad urban transport system in Santiago, recently announced the start of comprehensive production of the Attivi in Brazil. “For some years we have been participating in different projects for vehicles powered by fuels obtained from renewable sources. Clean technology is a global trend and the company is present in different markets, with strategic alliances to provide the best solutions for each country”, emphasizes Armaganijan.

The company has more than 350 electric and hybrid buses that circulate in several countries, such as Argentina, Colombia, Australia and India, as well as Brazil, with partner chassis.

About Marcopolo

Founded 73 years ago in Caxias do Sul (RS), Marcopolo is the leading manufacturer of bus bodies in Brazil and is among the largest manufacturers in the world. The company continuously invests in improvements, technology, design and expansion, producing solutions that contribute to the development of collective passenger transport. With factories on five continents, the vehicles produced by the company are on the roads of more than a hundred countries.