The European company FlixBus specializes in intercity and international buses powered by electricity and biogas. They will be launching their services in Chile with a team led by Santiago Echeverría, managing director of FlixBus Chile.
The European company FlixBus, renowned for its electric and biogas-powered intercity and international buses, will expand its operations to Chile in the second half of the year. Santiago Echeverría, managing director of FlixBus Chile and a mentor at Start-Up Chile, will lead the team. He previously served as the CEO of the start-up TRAINFES.
Founded as a start-up in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has now become a global mobility platform with a strong focus on sustainability and technology. It operates in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Brazil. Chile will mark FlixBus’s second market in South America and its presence in the 41st country worldwide.
Echeverría explained, “FlixBus aims to offer comfortable, sustainable, and affordable bus travel for everyone, ensuring high safety and quality. We aspire to provide this level of service to the people of Chile.”
FlixBus’s business model involves establishing commercial partnerships with local bus companies, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises. While FlixBus takes responsibility for technology development, network planning, operations control, marketing and sales, quality management, and product expansion, its partners handle day-to-day operations.
Echeverría mentioned that in Chile, they are already collaborating with “some of the largest companies in the market” and are open to discussions with other Chilean and international operators regarding potential cooperation.
As part of their global plans, FlixBus aims to introduce the world’s first long-distance buses powered by green hydrogen by 2024, through a partnership with German technology company Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. They are also working on developing a long-distance electric bus with German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Truck, expected to join their fleet in 2026.
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Source: Diario Financiero.