Demonstration City

Quito – Advancing last-mile delivery logistics

As part of the SOLUTIONSplus project, plans are ongoing to build a multimodal e-mobility hub in the historic centre of Quito. This hub will be primarily accessed by clean public transport vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles and will greatly contribute to making the area a low emissions zone (LEZ).

The demonstration activities in Quito are focused on improving the connectivity between public transport lines and stations. In addition to various vehicles (e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, e-buggies) to allow passenger to move quickly from one part to the other, another focus is on advancing last-mile logistics for delivery services.

In the demo, 10 e-quadricycles for last mile e-delivery services and 1 e-delivery van are introduced and tested in the area, with the aim of scaling it up to a larger number of vehicles. All these vehicles will be assembled by local SMEs with previous experience in the automotive sector and will count on the support and collaboration of the European industry SOL+ consortium members and European SMEs.


Update November 2021

Component 1: Multimodal e-mobility hub
Selected start-ups

  • Plural: 10 cargo bikes / 4 different models

  • Sidertech: 10 e-quadricycles

  • To be selected: 2 e-buggies / 2 e-delivery vans

Current status

  • E-quadricycle prototype ready

  • Presented to the local authorities

  • Valeo e-Access Serial being integrated

  • Local call for e-buggies & e-delivery vans to be launched 

In conversations with EU industry partners


Update November 2021

Component 2: Mobility as a Service App

  • E-wallet integrated to the municipal PT app (MovilízateUIO)

  • Name: La quiteña

  • Multimodal route planner

  • PT schedules, stops & lines

  • Ticket purchase

Current status

  • App to be launched in Android & Apple (Nov / Dec)

  • Ready to be tested in a real environment (Dec)

  • MyCheck


Multimodal E-Mobility hub in the zero-emission zone of the Historic Centre

The multimodal e-mobility hub to be implemented in Quito will be carried out in the Historic Centre of Quito (HCQ), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which aims to become a low- emissions zone (LEZ), primarily accessed by clean public transport vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. In this context, the multi-modal e-mobility hub to be established will contribute to the consolidation of the planned LEZ in the HCQ and the integration of the existing mass transit lines. The multimodal e-mobility hub in the HCQ’s LEZ will take advantage of the existing electric infrastructure of the trolleybus and the subway systems in the area to create multimodal charging points.

Image by Mauricio Muñoz

Planned actions

  •  28 e-bikes for the bike sharing system

  • 3 e-buggies

  • 30 e-BRT buses (Procured by the MDMQ)

  • 12 e-cargo bikes for the bike sharing system

  • 10 e-cargo quadricycles
    •    1 E-delivery van


Image by Andrés Medina

Factsheet Quito

Image by César Viteri

Factsheet Quito (Spanish)

Presentation Quito

Image by Andrés Medina

User Needs Assessment

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Trends and Drivers

uito is the second city in Latin America to have implemented a BRT system, which has been expanded over time, increasing the served area and number of passengers. At present, the system is composed of 5 BRT lines, which cover 136 km with exclusive lanes that cross the city in a north-south direction, completing 1 million trips on a regular working day (Havela Rodríguez 2019). 
The first BRT line -Trolebús- was implemented in 1995 with 113 trolleybuses running on 37 km of exclusive lanes connected to the electricity grid. This is the only BRT line, which runs on electricity. However, the diesel engines supposed to be used only in case of emergency, were used more frequently than needed. Furthermore, due to the age of the trolleybuses running on this line, many have been replaced by diesel buses. In the past years, 80 biarticulate (18m) diesel buses were bought to replace some of the oldest buses and increase capacity (Bravo 2017).

Currently, the BRT system counts on 324 buses (feeder buses not included), from which 87 are 19 years old or older and 37 are 14 years old. These represent 38% of the total fleet of the BRT system. Moreover, there are 2.380 diesel buses that make part of the public transport system, which are run by private operators and conduct a total of 1.6 million trips on a regular working day (El Comercio 2019). 
The current public transport system in Quito has already reached capacity, and has not been able to provide safe and comfortable travels to its passengers, generating an important shift towards private cars in the past years. Thus, in 2010 the municipality decided to build the first subway line. The works started in January 2016 and it is supposed to be ready by the end of 2020. It is a 23 km long line with 15 stops and will cost USD 2 billion. The line crosses the city from north to south, serving a similar route than the one done by the BRTs. However, the subway line is not planned to replace the BRT system, but to complement it. Accordingly, the whole public transportation system is being restructured to integrate the new subway line in the most efficient way possible (Metro de Quito 2020). 
Moreover, in October 2017 in a high-level event organized by C40, the previous major of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, committed to renew the bus fleet with electric buses until 2025 to achieve the goal of zero emissions by 2030 (El Comercio 2017). Thus, the first electric bus (BYD) runs operative since November 2017 in one of the BRT lines and other buses have been tested in regular bus routes (EPMTP 2018). ​