A K9 model electric bus made by China’s BYD company began operations in Panama City on Tuesday, August 13

It will circulate on different routes in the city and on the corridors for a six-month trial period while functionality and performance will be evaluated.

The bus will change routes every three weeks. The first will be the C640 Panama Viejo – Albrook and when boarding, users must validate their card, at the current rate of 25 cents and .75 cents for corridor routes, Newsroom Panama reports.