BRAZILIAN BUSINESS AND SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION ESTIMATED RECOVERY IN 2021

Colombiabus Newsroom – Marcopolo Brasil

ROAD BUS SALES REMAIN LOW

While the road bus segment registers a decrease in sales volume due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the charter sector continues to boom in 2021. Marcopolo, leader in the Brazilian bus body sector, with 52.7 % of market share, already shows an increase in the sales of vehicles destined for this segment. Until April, the company will deliver more than 200 units for the transport of personnel in urban areas and in the mining and agribusiness sectors, in several Brazilian states.

“The need for companies to adapt to the distancing determinations imposed due to the pandemic generated a demand for more available vehicles. This represented an important part of Marcopolo’s results in 2020, especially in the agribusiness and mining sectors. Both industries remained hot even during the pandemic and, with the requirements of social distancing, companies increased their fleets of transporting employees to maintain this distancing within buses,” explains Leandro Sodré, Marcopolo’s national sales manager.

Jaime Silva, president of the National Association of Tourism and Charter Transporters (ANTTUR), comments that the eventual charter, made for tourism events or activities, was strongly affected by last year’s pandemic. “On the other hand, the continuous charter, like the transport services of the civil servants, has been strengthened. In 2021, there has already been a recovery in these first two months and the expectation for the year is the resumption,” he evaluates.

Social distancing also benefited Volare’s sales. The daily production of Marcopolo’s micro bus brand grew by 66% between the first and third quarters of 2020, from 12 to 20 cars. In large part, the growth was driven by the warming of the agricultural market in the Southeast, Midwest and South regions. For 2021, the outlook is for growth with the reopening of tourism, as well as schools and universities.

In 2020, 2,251 units were produced for the domestic market compared to 2,305 in 2019, however, there was a recovery in the volumes sold during the period due to the search to replace vans, less adequate to the new regulations. It should be remembered that Volare is a leader in the microbus sector and operates in 35 countries in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

CHILE WITH THE LARGEST FLEET FOR HIGHWAY ELECTRIC BUSES IN SOUTH AMERICA

Colombiabus Newsroom – Vivipra / William Marroquín

17 KING LONG BUSES JOIN FOR TRANSPORTATION IN MINES

The race for leadership in electromobility in public transport in Latin America is far from defining a winner, although it can be mentioned that some countries in the region have taken the lead in different segments of passenger mobilization. Chile is currently the country with the largest fleet of urban electric buses operating in the capital Santiago, although it will soon lose that distinction at the hands of Bogotá, which expects to have more than 1,500 vehicles of this type.

However, in road mobilization, since 2019 the country became the pioneer in the incorporation of electric road buses, starting with a joint project between TurBus (one of the main passenger transport companies in the country), Vivipra (representative from the Chinese manufacturer King Long) and Copec Voltex (a division of Copec dedicated to electromobility). It has been followed by companies such as Tandem, Buses Hualpen, Viggo, among others, who use it on regular routes or to transport personnel.

A few days ago, a very important delivery took place commissioned by the Anglo-American mining company, which seeks to reduce the carbon footprint in all aspects and being the extraction of minerals, the main economic activity in Chile, it should be the leader in that energy transition. For this reason, the operator Transportes Hualpen launched 17 electric buses to mobilize the personnel that work in the mine, although the plans are quite ambitious, because it is expected to have 50 buses that will replace an equal number of diesel vehicles.

The 17 King Long XMQ6130EYWE5 buses with a length of 13 meters, with the capacity to carry 44 passengers that are transported to the Los Bronces mining complex, located on the edge of Valparaíso and the Metropolitan region of Santiago. They are equipped with a pack of 10 batteries that allow to accumulate 314KWh that grant an autonomy of up to 250Km without recharging. You can also save when riding between 5 and 10 km / h since it does not consume load, electric generators provide a maximum power of 350Kw (469HP).

They are equipped with all the comfort features of a road bus such as air conditioning, reclining seats with their seat belts, toilet, WiFi internet connection, electrical outlets and environmental entertainment screens for the well-being of the workers. On the other hand, the 17 vehicles have systems for mitigating Covid-19 transmitting agents, including the screening tower, gel dispensers, as well as separation of the driver and passengers.

También cuentan con el sistema avanzado de asistencia al conductor, que comprende el control de crucero adaptativo, las advertencias de cambio involuntario de carril y el sistema de frenado de emergencia automático. Adicionalmente se le incluyó el detector de fatiga y las cámaras 360 en el exterior y las que captan imágenes del salón de pasajeros. A través de los sensores instalados por todos los autobuses y la información que recoge el GPS se registran todos los parámetros de operación, permitiendo el monitoreo del vehículo a través del centro de control que está atento 24/7.

They also feature the advanced driver assistance system, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, the fatigue detector and 360 cameras on the exterior and those that capture images of the passenger lounge were included. Through the sensors installed by all buses and the information collected by the GPS, all operating parameters are recorded, allowing the vehicle to be monitored through the control center that is attentive 24/7.

“This fleet will be a great contribution that will reduce emissions, reduce noise pollution and fuel consumption. In addition, it will provide greater comfort to our workers, since traveling in these buses is completely silent and without engine vibrations”, expressed Aaron Puna, Executive President of Anglo-American Chile.

This Chinese brand reaffirms itself as a leader in the segment of electric road buses in Latin America.

MARCOPOLO AND MERCEDES-BENZ DELIVER 102 URBAN BUSES TO URUGUAY

Colombiabus Newsroom – Secco Comunicaciones

87 BUSES TORINO AND 15 AUDACE INCLUDE THE FLEET

Marcopolo and Mercedes-Benz supplied 102 new buses to Compañía Uruguaya de Transporte Colectivo S.A. (CUTCSA), the leading company in the segment in Uruguay. The delivery includes 87 units of the Torino Low Entry model, with OH 1721/62 LE Euro 5 chassis and 15 units of the Audace 800 with OH 1622/52 L Euro 3 chassis, both models have OM 924 rear engine, renewing the fleet of the company with operations in the capital Montevideo and its surroundings.

The sale was negotiated by representatives of Dloner and Autolider, in charge of distributing Marcopolo and Mercedes-Benz products in Uruguay, respectively. “The new vehicles reinforce our presence in Uruguay and mark the first offering of the Audace 800 model to be used for intercity travel. They are models that make the company more competitive and further raise the standard of comfort and safety offered to passengers”, in the words of Juliano Leoratto, Marcopolo’s business operations consultant responsible for the Uruguayan market.

The 87 new buses in Torino carry 63 passengers, 34 standing and 29 seated in City seats. They have an access ramp for people with reduced mobility in the central door on the right side, with a specific place for wheelchairs. They are equipped with a Valeo air conditioning system and six USB sockets installed throughout the vehicle. The vehicles are 11,800 mm long, a six-speed Allison automatic transmission with torque converter and air suspension on both axles.

In addition, the 15 Marcopolo Audace 800 with a total length of 11,100 mm, have the capacity to transport 41 passengers seated in Executive model seats, with USB sockets, lift for total accessibility and Multiplex system. Among the comfort and safety equipment are the preparation for the installation of a monitoring system with five cameras and entertainment with multimedia playback, two front electronic routers and front fog lights.

CUTCSA is one of the urban transport companies with the longest tradition in Uruguay, with more than 80 years of activity and operating on around 100 different interurban and urban lines. The operator has a fleet of around 1,100 vehicles, almost all with Marcopolo bodywork.