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Colombiabus newsroom – Higer Latinamerica / William Marroquín

With about 23 million inhabitants, São Paulo is the tenth most populous city on the planet and the second in Latin America, where more than 6.5 million vehicles circulate daily, experiencing phenomenal traffic jams, which can reach several kilometers, causing commuting is a nightmare. They also generate great pressure to seek sustainable mobility solutions that contribute to a better quality of travel within cities.

The city is also preparing for the electrification of its public transport, and they hope to take their first steps, so there is a commitment so that the great Brazilian metropolis will have at least 2,600 electric buses by 2024. This announcement from the Mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes, has accompanied the presentation for Latin America of the new Chinese Higer Azure A12 bus that will begin tests in the city.

Although the bus has been built in China, it is prepared to receive contributions from suppliers in Brazil, it is 12.2 meters long and capable of moving 70 passengers with two access doors. With a common gross vehicle weight of 13,700Kg, it is slightly lighter than equivalent buses and can reach a range of up to 270Km, while the batteries can be recharged in a maximum of 3 hours.

A curious detail is that at least to start its commercial life, it is not expected to arrive as a chassis to be bodied locally, in fact it is expected that it may arrive in the next import quotas that are expected to be approved in Brazil. Despite its imported origin, Higer has entered into alliances with important brands located in the country, which are partners and suppliers of components for their manufacture: Valeo for air conditioning, ZF provides the axles, Dana the transmission, the steering is of Bosch origin, TRW developed the suspension, Wabco took care of the brakes, Michelin with its wheels and Mobitec will be responsible for the electronic routers.

The bus will arrive in a PKD configuration in Brazil and the mechanical components of the aforementioned brands will be installed in the country, but Higer will be in charge of both the bodywork, batteries, powertrain and telematics systems.

“Higer’s great technology is managing power inverters and controllers, as well as batteries. We have a five-in-one package, with an improved center of gravity unlike other brands, with that we gain in weight and maintenance cost. Monoblock technology, which we are proposing in Brazil, is the most appropriate. That’s because the electric bus is very sensitive to weight and volume. Higer has a chassis, but the Brazilian bodies are very heavy, which leaves between a ton and a half more »explains Marcello Barella, Sales Director for Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Uruguay at Higer Bus.

To make it easier for operators to acquire the bus, Higer has signed alliances with EnelX and Engie to develop financial and operational leasing models with terms never seen before: contracts that can be extended up to 15 years, where the bus will return to the manufacturer once it is finished its useful life. The agreements also include the cost of replacement of the batteries in the eighth year, spare parts, recharging infrastructure and of course, the payment of energy. They are terms in accordance with the reality of the operation, which will allow that during the useful life of the vehicle, its costs are cheaper than other options on the 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.



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.



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.



Redacción Colombiabus – William Marroquín

La electrificación de vehículos comerciales, especialmente para el transporte de pasajeros, podría ganar una nueva dimensión en toda América Latina, anticipando los procesos de transformación en las tecnologías orientadas a la movilización masiva. El cambio debe ocurrir con rapidez porque la región es, en términos de producción, el segundo mercado mundial más grande, con alrededor de 55.000 autobuses al año, solo por detrás de China, donde se producen 200.000 unidades al año.

También es importante mencionar que de esos 350 vehículos que ruedan en el gigante sudamericano, 302 son trolebuses y la mayoría son viejos. Solo 48 funcionan con batería. Es cierto que, desde mediados del año pasado hasta la actualidad, se lanzaron varias iniciativas nuevas para autobuses 100% eléctricos y de gas, pero aún es muy poco, principalmente porque estos proyectos son para transporte por carretera o fletamento industrial y no para el colectivo urbano y en los grandes centros.

Esta importancia en términos de producción mundial está provocando que las principales organizaciones internacionales y fabricantes centren su atención en proyectos de movilidad sostenible en diferentes países y anticipen la introducción de tecnologías limpias, que beneficiarán a toda la sociedad. Países como Brasil donde, pese a tratarse del mayor fabricante de autobuses de América Latina y de representar aproximadamente la mitad del volumen total, se ve rezago en la aplicación de tecnologías limpias. Hoy, Brasil es solo el cuarto país del continente en número de buses matriculados de tecnologías limpias, con 350 vehículos. Está detrás de Chile, con unos 820 buses, Colombia, con 590, y México, con 410 unidades.

Este impulso en la electrificación y adopción de tecnologías limpias, como el gas, entre otras, se destacó en el lanzamiento, el pasado mes de septiembre, de Busworld Latin America, el principal evento empresarial del sector del transporte terrestre de pasajeros, que por primera vez, se realizará en Buenos Aires, Argentina, en 2022, reuniendo a los principales fabricantes y empresas del continente.

América Latina representa el 17% del volumen global y se ha convertido en el segundo mercado más grande del mundo para el transporte terrestre. “Este crecimiento debe continuar. Creemos que los autobuses son la clave para solucionar los problemas de movilidad en todo el mundo ”, puntualiza Vincent Dewaele, CEO de Busworld International. Para el ejecutivo, la realización del evento por primera vez en Argentina refuerza el objetivo de reunir a toda la comunidad mundial de transporte terrestre de pasajeros y no solo a los fabricantes, proveedores y prestadores de servicios de buses. “La realización de seminarios, iniciativas de intercambio de conocimientos y la presentación de nuevas tecnologías en vehículos permitirán el intercambio de experiencias con otros países más desarrollados para asegurar un transporte eficiente, sostenible y de calidad para todos en América Latina”, enfatizó.



Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín

Almost three years ago the first electric bus for highway routes in Latin America began operation, more specifically in Chile thanks to the joint work between TurBus, Copec-Voltex and King Long linking the cities of Santiago and Rancagua, separated by 112 kilometers that are completed in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The results for the Chilean company have exceeded expectations, opening a space for other companies to evaluate their incorporation, even in other countries. Their incorporation into road transport over regular long distances and in luxury segments is still a long way off, as they are not yet competitive with the current offer. However, they are very effective in business transport operations, especially mobilizing personnel linked to extractive industry companies, with strong pressures to reduce emissions.

This is how the Peruvian Transportes CIVA has seen it, which in 2021 turned 50 years of history, returning to its roots: Piura, the city where a group of Italian immigrants arrived, who with a truck, transported fruits, food and belongings to the north of the country. In the region there are important deposits of phosphates, a fundamental raw material for producing fertilizers.

At 110 kilometers from the city, are the phosphate mines that are exploited by Miski Mayo, a subsidiary of the Brazilian Vale do Rio Doce, which has relied on CIVA for the transport of personnel. The King Long XMQ6130YWE5 electric buses will soon arrive in the country from China with their original bodywork, with the same technical specification as those used in Chile.

Capable of traveling more than 250Km without recharging, they have capacity for 44 passengers, air conditioning, environmental screens, USB ports to recharge devices. It can roll up to 10Km without consuming load, it delivers a power of 350Kw, finally, the 10-battery pack has a capacity of 314Kwh.



Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / Gobierno de Argentina

The Ministry of Productive Development and the Banco de la Nación Argentina launched a financing line with a discounted interest rate for the purchase of medium and long-distance buses manufactured in the country. The objective of the line is to accompany the reactivation of companies that offer transport and tourism services, and to further contribute to strengthening the local bus manufacturing industry.

The line for the renewal of the medium and long-distance bus fleet will offer credits of up to $50 million for small and medium-sized companies (up to USD500,000 per company) and a maximum of $250 million for large companies (2.5 million dollars per company), with a payment term of 36 months, a 6-month grace period and a discounted interest rate of 22% for SMEs and 24% for large companies.

The discounted interest rate seeks to improve access and credit conditions for small and medium-sized companies, so that they can finance their investment and working capital needs at competitive interest rates. The Secretariat of Entrepreneurs and SMEs awards credit quotas to Financial Entities through bids or specific agreements.

Entrepreneurs can process the credit in any of the banks participating in the operation, who carry out the credit analysis of the company and in case of qualifying as a credit subject, they grant loans at a discounted rate, which allows them a reduction of points in accordance with the financial conditions of the line. It is practically the same operating model that development entities such as Bancóldex or the BNDES of Brazil apply in Colombia.

The measure is carried out thanks to the contribution of the Banco de la Nación Argentina and the Ministry of Productive Development through the National Fund for Productive Development (FONDEP), which accompanies the financing by subsidizing the rate provided by the financial entity. The tool seeks to boost the production of the national manufacturers of bodies of these buses, and update the fleet of this type of vehicles.

Argentine SMEs, manufacturers of medium and long-distance bus bodies, are among the sectors most affected during the economic crisis that unleashed the coronavirus pandemic. These activities, which have begun to recover thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign and the launch of initiatives such as the Pre-Trip, are the main demanders of medium and long-distance buses.

Given the growth in tourist activity and the aging of the bus fleet during the last two years, the financing line will help boost the production of the national manufacturers of these bus bodies, and update the fleet of this type of vehicles.



Colombiabus newsrooom– William Marroquín

They have been many months in virtuality, also of confinement, reflection and rethinking of both business and activities that seem to be ending. It is time to go back, to get going, to get closer as we have always wanted and continue to build lasting relationships in every way. Busworld Latin America 2022 wants to be the great event of the passenger transport industry in the region and a great celebration for bus players to meet again. A great event that involves great preparation and responsibility so that the appointment next September is unforgettable.

Scania Argentina has been a great generator of news in recent months: an increase in the portfolio of sustainable solutions, having natural gas as a standard, working very closely with the country’s bodybuilders, new financing schemes now offered directly that understand the reality of business and the appointment at Busworld is highly anticipated by the brand, they are very proud to play as locals and are already preparing the news that they will present during the great meeting of the Latina bus.

Alejandro Pazos, CMO of Scania Argentina, speaks with emotion about what Busworld represents for the brand and the first appointment in the country «The things that virtuality has, presence and live, the truth that is a pride for those of us who are part of Scania and as Argentines that we are going to host, and it is a great responsibility of an international event with global characteristics, that is why we are very excited about what Busworld Argentina 2022 will be ».

The executive also explains how the brand will be deployed during the event, “Scania has been working on this edition of Busworld, we are anticipating some news in terms of the product and the world of transport. Buswold is an ecosystem where not only chassis manufacturers such as Scania congregate, but also bodybuilders, the public sector and users ”.

It’s been a long time in virtuality and for a moment it was thought that the events that allowed the industry to come together would take longer to reappear, but the countdown has already begun. “Everything indicates that it will be a great event, and we are excited to return after these almost 18 months, where humanity overcame a great challenge, and now we are preparing for the future of sustainable transport with Scania, Busworld and Messe Frankfurt. »



Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín

It has been more than a long journey for Mercedes-Benz to build transport solutions in Argentina, a country that holds the distinction of having been the first in the world to host the first factory of the brand’s vehicles outside of Germany, sowing the seed of what has been the expansion in the construction of automobiles and commercial vehicles with the emblem of the star worldwide.

Having settled in Argentina for so long is a reflection of the enormous confidence in the future of its people and the high expectations that the parent company always places in the production of Mercedes-Benz automobiles. There, vans, trucks and buses are produced taking a leading position in the commercial vehicle segment, with models as famous in the bus world as the Sprinter van that for 25 years has been manufactured in the country for export and local market. Or also the REMAN division, dedicated to manufacturing remanufactured engines and transmissions, helping the circular economy.

Aktuelles Bild des «Centro Industrial Juan Manuel Fangio von Mercedes-Benz in Argentinien» Current image of the “Centro Industrial Juan Manuel Fangio of Mercedes-Benz in Argentina”

A brand that has always been the protagonist in Busworld events held around the world, along with the other brands that make up the Daimler bus portfolio, which has accompanied the launch of the great bus meeting in Argentina, to be held in September 2022 Verónica Niemann, Head of Communications, CSR and Public Relations of the brand talks about the expectations of Mercedes-Benz and the event that will take place at La Rural – Fairground in Buenos Aires

BUSWORLD: How do you lthonk about the realization of Busworld in Argentina?

VERÓNICA NIEMANN: «I think it is an excellent initiative, not only because of the importance it has both for Argentina and for all of Latin America, I think it is a concept where the most important aspects of the value chain and all the priority security aspects come together in the transport of people ».

BW: What is the relationship that Mercedes-Benz Argentina has with transportation?

VN: «We have a long-standing relationship with transport, we celebrated 70 years of production in Argentina and were established in 1951 as the first plant outside Germany in this country and since then we have been linked to transport with great responsibility, quality and service efficiency for carriers and the value chain. «

BW: Do you think this exhibition is destined to be a success?

VN: «I think it is a very good initiative because it brings together several key aspects of the importance of transport in Argentina.«



Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín

The mining sector is one of the main drivers of the economy in Peru, the main passenger transport companies have a range of services aimed at mobilizing the personnel working in mining. One of them is Cruz del Sur, with more than 60 years of history and of them, about twenty with its institutional services division.

Always focused on providing a personalized service with high-quality standards for the mining and industrial sectors, Cruz del Sur received 7 Volvo B380R 4X2 Euro buses, bodied with the Irizar i6 model. These new vehicles will allow you to strengthen that relationship with the large mining sector customer with whom you have had a 9-year alliance. Business transportation currently represents more than 50% of revenues for the company, considering the pandemic, the slow recovery of national long-distance routes and the uncertainty due to the reactivation of international routes.

The new buses are part of the first group that Cruz del Sur receives, since starting in 2022 the Peruvian company will receive a second group of zero kilometer vehicles to provide a reliable, safe and quality service, welcoming the renewal of the contract.

The new Volvo B380Rs feature IShift intelligent automated transmission, EBS 4-wheel disc braking system, VEB engine brake and the Driver Support Systems active safety package. This system warns of the risk of a frontal collision, activates the emergency stop and is combined with the adaptive cruise control, the warning system of involuntary lane departure and the alerts for the driver.

All units have Hispacold ECO3 air purifier, approved by the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) of Spain; which has been shown to be effective in eliminating 99.7% of the SARS-Covid2 virus. It is important to point out that this acquisition is added to another 60 units acquired, of different configurations, for clients in the mining sector.