MEXICO ACCEPTS COEXISTENCE OF EURO V AND EURO VI DIESEL ENGINES UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2025

NEW RULE GIVES LEGAL CERTAINTY TO THE COUNTRY MARKET

Colombiabus newsroom – Revista Motor a Diesel / William Marroquín

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (Sermanat), decided to extend the validity of the EPA07 / EuroV regulation that had been established in 2017 in the country, to set the limits of emissions of carbon, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, ammonia and other pollutants, for vehicles that exceed 3,857 kg of gross vehicle weight. The standard, known as NOM 044, will continue with its application until January 1, 2025.

This provision that extends the validity of Euro V diesel engines for new vehicles, provides greater legal stability to manufacturers and importers of commercial passenger and cargo vehicles in Mexico, which exceed 3,857Kg of gross weight. The measure will also allow transporters to accelerate the renewal of the vehicle fleet, as well as prepare the country so that it can count on an ultra-low sulfur fuel at the national level in the near future.

It is important to mention that Sermanat, in 2019, granted Pemex, responsible for refining and marketing fuels in the country, an extension so that it can continue to sell at Diesel Euro V service stations until December 31, 2024. Therefore, Previously, it was necessary to unify the concepts of emission minimums accepted for new vehicles, which were also in line with the engine technologies offered on the market.

It is important to mention that Pemex has been dragging the problem of delay to fully comply with the formulations of diesel fuels, so they hope to comply with the supply of energy from 2025. This delay is more frustrating if it is taken into account that More than 80% of the fuel sold today meets the ultra-low sulfur standard, and both the United States and Brazil are good examples of dual fuel distribution.

Although in contrast, compared to countries such as China and India, with a fleet of less stringent emission standards and a greater number of vehicles, these two countries are moving faster towards Euro VI than the Aztec nation.

MARCOPOLO BEGINS PRODUCTION OF RODOVIARY BUSES IN THE METALSUR SUBSIDIARY OF ARGENTINA

MORE THAN 1,800 JOBS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OFFERED

Colombiabus newsroom – Marcopolo Argentina

It is no secret to anyone that the year 2020 saw a marked decrease in the production activity of buses around the world, especially those dedicated to road segments. In Argentina, it was not the exception and Metalsur, which since 2019 became a subsidiary of Marcopolo, lived it.

However, during a visit made by the Argentine ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Scioli, and the Governor of the province of Santa Fe, Omar Perotti, together with Marcopolo CEO James Bellini, they were visiting the facilities, where plans were confirmed to boost the body production at the Villa Gobernador Gálvez plant in Rosario.

Marcopolo will invest about 20 million dollars to manufacture long-distance road buses at Metalsur’s facilities, it will continue to increase the production of urban models, which are widely used in Argentina on the Torino line, especially and will gradually replace the new units that arrive from Brazil, to be built on Gaucho lands.

We are making an initial investment so that the plant specialized in long distance now also adds the manufacture of city buses, which has been carried out separately. This will make it possible to improve economies of scale, reduce costs and stop bringing some products such as buses manufactured in Brazil, to make them in Argentina», said James Bellini.

Work has progressed to allow greater production capacity at the Santa Fe facilities, where the integration of local suppliers has doubled to ensure the correct supply of components for the bodywork. The plant has doubled its direct staff, where 600 people now work, and indirect sources of employment amount to 1,200 thanks to this investment by Marcopolo.

In December 2021, the first phase of the investment process should be completed, and the second stage will have to end by September 2022, just when Argentina is expected to be the Latin American epicenter of the bus industry, with the completion of Busworld LatinAmerica, in Buenos Aires. Aires.

A fact that deserves to be highlighted is that the plant’s production capacity increased by 42%, going from manufacturing 7 units a day to 10. Estimates for Argentina indicate that 3,000 urban buses and about 900 road buses should be sold in 2022, as the road segment has presented an imbalance in the units produced and delivered, which is expected to be corrected starting next year.

LATIN AMERICA ACCELERATES ITS ROAD TOWARDS TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION

THE REGION IS THE SECOND MARKET FOR eBUSES IN THE WORLD

Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín

The electrification of commercial vehicles, especially for passenger transport, could gain a new dimension throughout Latin America, anticipating the transformation processes in technologies aimed at mass mobilization. The change must happen quickly because the region is, in terms of production, the world’s second-largest market, with around 55,000 buses a year, behind only China, where 200,000 units are produced a year.

It is also important to mention that of those 350 vehicles that roll in the South American giant, 302 are trolleybuses and the majority are old. Only 48 are battery powered. It is true that, from the middle of last year to the present, several new initiatives for 100% electric and gas buses were launched, but it is still very little, mainly because these projects are for road transport or industrial chartering and not for the collective urban and in large centers.

This importance in terms of world production is causing the main international organizations and manufacturers to focus their attention on sustainable mobility projects in different countries and anticipate the introduction of clean technologies, which will benefit the whole of society. Countries like Brazil where, despite being the largest bus manufacturer in Latin America and representing approximately half of the total volume, there is a lag in the application of clean technologies. Today, Brazil is only the fourth country on the continent in number of registered clean technology buses, with 350 vehicles. It is behind Chile, with about 820 buses, Colombia, with 590, and Mexico, with 410 units.

This boost in the electrification and adoption of clean technologies, such as gas, among others, was highlighted in the launch, last September, of Busworld Latin America, the main business event in the passenger land transport sector, which for the first time Once, it will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2022, bringing together the main manufacturers and companies of the continent.

Latin America accounts for 17% of global volume and has become the world’s second-largest market for land transportation. “This growth must continue. We believe that buses are the key to solving mobility problems around the world ”, points out Vincent Dewaele, CEO of Busworld International. For the executive, the holding of the event for the first time in Argentina reinforces the objective of bringing together the entire world community of passenger land transport and not only bus manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. «The holding of seminars, knowledge exchange initiatives and the presentation of new technologies in vehicles will allow the exchange of experiences with other more developed countries to ensure efficient, sustainable and quality transportation for all in Latin America,» he emphasized.

FLIXBUS ESPERA TENER EL PRIMER BUS DE CARRETERA Y LARGA DISTANCIA MOVIDO POR HIDRÓGENO EN 2024

FLIXMOBILITY, ZF Y FREUDENBERG TRABAJAN CONJUNTAMENTE

Redacción Colombiabus – FlixBus / William Marroquín

FlixMobility, líder en tecnología de movilidad para la movilidad intermodal y sostenible, inició la participación en el proyecto HyFleet junto con sus socios Freudenberg y ZF . El consorcio recibió recientemente la confirmación oficial, mediante una carta de intención no vinculante del Ministerio Federal de Transporte e Infraestructura Digital de Alemania, teniendo como objetivo el desarrollo de un sistema de pila de combustible de alto rendimiento para autobuses de larga distancia para una movilidad sin emisiones.

Una vez se desarrolle esta tecnología, FlixMobility planea probar y lanzar autobuses propulsados ​​por celdas de combustible en tráfico de larga distancia hasta 2024 en Europa para establecer nuevos estándares. También la fundación Atmosfair, dedicada a ofrecer compensaciones para gases de efecto invernadero, participa como socio asociado y un fabricante europeo de autobuses espera unirse al proyecto en el futuro.

Gracias a una flota moderna y a la alta capacidad de FlixMobility, los autobuses de larga distancia ya son uno de los medios de transporte disponibles más respetuosos con el medio ambiente. Además de las opciones para que los clientes compensen las emisiones de bióxido de carbono en su viaje, FlixMobility lanzó con éxito FlixBuses a biogás en julio de 2021, autobuses eléctricos en Francia y Alemania y un autobús de larga distancia equipado con paneles solares. Ahora, la apuesta de la empresa es llevar la movilidad sostenible un paso más allá.

En promedio, cada viaje en un autobús de larga distancia de 400 km ahorra 6,6 kg de emisiones de CO2 por pasajero al cambiar de automóviles a autobuses de larga distancia. Sin embargo, todavía falta una solución práctica para la operación completamente neutra en carbono para las flotas de autobuses de larga distancia en servicio regular. Por esa razón, nace este desarrollo conjunto de una solución de movilidad revolucionaria por parte de FlixMobility, Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems y ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Ya existen buses movidos por pila de combustible en las ciudades, con grandes ventajas en autonomía, cero ruido y teniendo como únicas emisiones calor y vapor de agua. Pero en Europa, cada unidad de FlixBus, recorre más de 200.000Km al año, cubriendo distancias que pueden superar los 1.000Km, recorriendo cerca de 5 horas antes de repostar, lo que significa cerca de 500Km. El Hidrógeno permite superar la autonomía de los motores diésel actuales y con los mismos tiempos de reaprovisionamiento del energético, lo que les brinda grandes ventajas para el uso en carretera.