Colombiabus newsroom – Mobility Portal / William Marroquín
THE E-BUS PROTOTYPE CONTINUES NOW IN AREQUIPA
As time goes by, the progress and ambitions of the Peruvian bus builder Modasa are greater, with great dynamism in recent years when it carried out an important update of its portfolio. Additionally, in 2018, it incorporated its Iron Bus oriented to Latin American BRT trunks and continued in its process of continuous improvement of its luxury double-deck with the Zeus 4, and last but not least, it began to look for a space in the demanding market of Mexico.
2020, despite the pandemic, was an important year for the Lurín constructor, becoming one of the first bus manufacturers in Latin America to develop an electric model, its e-Titan. A vehicle where it had the support of Volkswagen, QEV Technologies and Engie as main partners of the project. Much has been said about this prototype about its arrival in Colombia and other markets, although for now they are still focused on their local market where one of them will be tested in the Arequipa integrated transport system and another in Lima with the same typology.
For the city of Arequipa, Modasa hopes that a second trunk will be tendered that would allow it to offer 150 buses and in Lima, the integrated system project is running where 100 units would be delivered. However, the manufacturer asks that the state be more involved in the development of new projects, since the operators are not considered credit subjects.
Due to the pandemic, social distancing, alternation and reduction of bus journeys, demand has naturally decreased significantly and operators have been forced to restructure debts, reduce investments, which has affected their strength and with it, financial institutions. Either they do not approve requests or they review them with greater caution.
For integrated systems, Modasa also proposes bidding schemes where the municipalities or the government are guarantors of the payment of the vehicles, as has occurred in the last processes carried out in Bogotá with Transmilenio in its trunk component or the most recent in Chile for the Red system. Taking into account that the nature of the operators is private, denoting the lack of state participation in the development of new transport models for cities.