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.
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. »
70 YEARS OF A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH TRANSPORTATION
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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.
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.«
To facilitate and encourage the incorporation of zero-emission vehicles into Integrated Public Transport Systems, which are also modern and accessible to ensure inclusive mobility for the inhabitants of Lima and Callao, the Urban Transport Authority (ATU) published the Bus Standard Electrical Pattern.
Based on Directorial Resolution 02/2021, which was part of a project that was submitted for discussion, to standardize the characteristics of dimensions, capacities, weights and motor skills, the managing body of transportation in the Peruvian capital published the Directorial Resolution N° 0011-2021-ATU / DIR to be followed by public transport companies wishing to incorporate electric buses and, of course, manufacturers.
The electric buses that are incorporated for transportation in the Lima and Callao area, may have lengths of 9 and 12 meters long for single-body vehicles (midibus and standard), in addition to the articulated and bi-articulated buses that may offer 18 and 27 meters long, respectively. The capacity will start with the 40 passengers of the 9-meter midibus and will reach up to 250 of the double-articulated bus. Likewise, its battery packs must allow a range of at least 200 kilometers.
The permitted vehicle weights will start at the maximum 18,000Kg allowed for the 9-meter bus, up to 42,000Kg for the bi-articulated bus. The angles of attack, the heights from the floor to the passenger lounge, running boards, location of emergency exits are also considered. The units also have defined equipment and locations to facilitate access for people with reduced mobility (ramps, wheelchair lifts, preferential seats and for those traveling with live aid, etc.)
An important section is the renewal of the air inside the vehicles, having to be equipped with forced mechanical ventilation systems that allow fresh air to be delivered and to expel the stale at least 30 times per hour. Fans, inductors and extractors must consider a continuous work day of 14 hours. The master buses will also have an air conditioning system, as well as a biosafety system (which includes temperature gauges when entering the bus) and video surveillance cameras (to view the interior and exterior of the unit).
Speakers and signs will also be included for the transmission of variable information to the users of the service, acoustic alerts, racks for the transfer of bicycles in the front of the vehicle, among other features that will optimize the experience and improve the quality of the service in favor of the Username.
The publication of this standard is the product of a process of dialogue, learning and feedback with operators, entrepreneurs and local and international authorities. In this way, it is expected to offer the best conditions for the new buses that come to operate in the integrated transportation system for the nearly 11 million inhabitants of Lima and Callao.
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14,000 PEOPLE COULD BENEFIT
The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile (MTT), led by Gloria Hutt, announced yesterday a public tender that will seek to incorporate 35 electric buses, under the standard of the massive Red system of the capital Santiago, seeking to offer two routes that will benefit more of 14,000 people.
The head of the Transport and Telecommunications portfolio, announced that a strategy is being promoted throughout the country, which intends that by 2040, public transport is 100% electric by 2040 to achieve greater energy efficiency, mitigate gases from greenhouse effect and improve the quality of life of users.
It is expected to build a «green» corridor or electric corridor, with a length of close to 24 kilometers, with 35 electric buses that will have about 150 departures on business days. The vehicles will be of the midibus type with lengths between 8.5 and 10.5 meters long with a low floor, USB ports, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and suitable to allow inclusive transport.
The tender for this new service will have an estimated duration of three months between the publication of offers and the signing of the contract. A time to evaluate the technical aspects of operation and the vehicles offered, energy efficiency and consumption of accumulators, economic viability, how to ensure collection and define possible subsidies.
The awarded services will operate under the figure of the Electric Service Zone, coexisting with the current Diesel Bus Service Zone. The eBuses may be operated for a term that in principle will be eight years, with the possibility of extending it to ten, if the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications evaluates and decides.
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THEYWILLALSO OFFER PARTNERSHIPS FOR INSURANCE POLICIES
Understanding what your clients’ business is like and being able to offer financial services tailored to their needs is a huge differential for manufacturers of productive vehicles such as buses, compared to their competitors and naturally compared to traditional banks. Having risk profiles grounded with the reality of the operation and its timing, agile credit studies, flexibility in terms, better interest rates, payment channels and other aspects can make a carrier choose in favor of a brand that offer all these solutions.
In Scania they understand this very well and that is why in recent years, it has been seen how in the main markets of Latin America, the Swedish manufacturer has established its financial services subsidiaries. An initiative that was born more than sixty years ago in Sweden, to support its clients’ projects and provide better access to credit, leasing, renting and insurance options, allowing you to acquire the chassis, bodies, engines and even some accessories such as air conditioning equipment.
Seeking to strengthen the portfolio of trucks, buses and other services, Scania Credit was born in Argentina, which joins other countries where the brand’s financial services divisions operate with very good results, as in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. Now, Argentine transporters will find personalized solutions adaptable to their needs.
Additionally, a commercial agreement was signed with Aon to insure the vehicles and offer other types of coverage as required. This will be an interesting complement to the advantages offered by having direct financing from Scania, with benefits for customers, human and technical resources trained to provide the necessary advice and an advantage that traditional banking does not have and is both knowledge of the business of the transporter as its adaptability according to the cycles of the activity.
Loan terms of 12, 18 and 24 months in pesos and up to 36 in dollars (at the current exchange rate), are accompanied by financing up to 80% of the value of the unit, be it truck, bus or motor. The greater flexibility and speed of granting, the nonexistence of hidden costs or situations that are not adequately informed, not including the data in any database of financial entities or the Argentine Central Bank, and the ease of access to insurance, are inescapable advantages and benefits for customers.
Despite the recent development of Scania Credit Argentina, the first deals have already been completed, accounting for a third of what had been financed with other mechanisms. Historically, the brand has financed 25% of its additional sales, and they hope to reach at least 35% soon, helping to boost commercial options in the country.
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THE SYSTEM NOW HAS 239 BUSES
Gran Américas Usme, concessionaire of the zonal component of the Transmilenio system, strengthens its fleet and becomes the first operator of mass transportation systems in Colombia to include Volkswagen Euro VI buses in its fleet. There are 28 new Volksbus 11,180 buses with the capacity to transport up to 50 passengers, with high-efficiency, low-consumption and emission diesel engines that meet the Euro VI emissions standard.
With the incorporation of these 28 new buses, Gran Américas Usme completes a fleet of 239 latest model vehicles, adding to the 211 standards it received in January 2021. The buses that are added will be key to serving routes in areas of slopes and narrow streets.
The big news is naturally the return of Volkswagen, which since 2006 has not been present in the Transmilenio system. At that time the Volksbus 17,190 and 17,230 bodied in Pereira with the legendary Busscar Urbanuss Pluss, were serving routes in the feeder service both in the North Portal and in Portal Suba, even in service until March 2021.
Another noteworthy fact is the MAN 4.8-liter displacement 4-cylinder diesel engine that complies with the Euro VI standard, delivers 180HP at 2,400 revolutions and 600Nm of torque between 1,100 and 1,850 revolutions. The transmission is a 6-speed manual provided by Eaton, ZF clutch and DANA axles, while the air brakes provided by Knorr-Bremse feature ABS + EBD.
The buses were bodied in Pereira by Busscar de Colombia, with its Optimuss model for midibus, which reinforces its alliance with Gran Américas Usme, whose 211 standards powered by natural gas also use the famous Urbanuss Pluss model. They can transport 22 seated and 28 standing passengers, with handrails and bells within reach of all occupants, an elevator for people with reduced mobility, space for wheelchairs and a preferred chair for those who need live help.
To provide comfort and help a positive travel experience through the local routes, Busscar counted on MET Group specialists who equipped the bus with technology and connectivity systems: USB ports for recharging electronic devices, Wi-Fi internet, router LED indicator to inform points of the route and cameras arranged throughout the interior.
Also, to give passengers peace of mind, the buses have recording of both the driver’s maneuvers and what happens in the passenger area and as a safety addition, the fatigue detector that alerts fleet managers about the condition who operates the vehicle.
With the entry of this fleet in the town of Usme, a total of 1,633 new buses have been linked through TransMilenio concessionaires as part of the renovation of the zonal component of the System, including the first 483 of 1,485 electric buses hired by Transmilenio. These first 28 Volkswagen Euro VI Volkbus 11,180 buses should be joined by another 139 with the same mechanical specification to continue supporting the renewal of both the zone and trunk buses of the system.
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THE APPOINTMENT WILL BE IN BUENOS AIRES FROM SEPTEMBER 21 TO 23, 2022
The Latin American bus industry is waiting to meet again to accompany the economic recovery, and Busworld Latin America is preparing for its next stop, with a defined place: Argentina. It is the only B2B exhibition for the Latin American land passenger trucking industry. Those who walk its corridors will experience a true celebration. It will be an ideal occasion to get in touch with colleagues and discuss the latest news and trends with visitors from across the continent.
“We believe that Argentina is the perfect location for a Busworld event and, by joining forces with Messe Frankfurt Argentina, we are ready to make it a great success. We invite all who are interested in the bus industry to join us in September 2022 to learn, know and do business, said the CEO of Busworld International BV, Vincent Dewaele.
For his part, the President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt Argentina, Fernando Gorbarán, commented: “We are very happy with the arrival of Busworld Latin America to Argentina. The Messe Frankfurt subsidiaries from Russia and India have also organized Busworld, and we are excited to be able to join and be part of the most important event for the bus industry in the region. It is a sector that, in addition to employing thousands of people, symbolizes the meeting, allowing us to shorten distances after such a complex year. «
Bus operators (private, public, urban, charter and highway), bodywork manufacturers, suppliers of components and parts, accessories and software can participate in the exhibition. In addition, engineers, research and development personnel, trade union organizations of the automotive industry and transport operators, educational institutions, academics, civil servants, mobility experts and road safety experts, in addition to bus fans and all the linked to the industry.
Busworld Latin America will be marketed by i2 Productora SRL and its brand El Expreso TV, with an experience of more than 500 programs for radio, television and print publication related to transportation in Argentina. Daniel Orciani, its Director, with more than 30 years of experience in the production of information in the sector, in addition to being a consultant and union manager, is aware of the responsibility and implications that the organization of a long-awaited event in the region entails.
«The exhibition is a highly anticipated event throughout Latin America as it will show the development and importance of passenger transport in the region in general and in Argentina in particular,» says Orciani.
Exhibitors can now register and register, to reserve their place and accompany the great reunion of the bus industry. For this, they are invited to contact: email@example.com
Busworld Latin America will be held from September 21 to 23, 2022 at the La Rural Fairgrounds, in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
THE CURRENT GENERATION 7 WILL CONTINUE IN PRODUCTION
The replacement for Marcopolo’s Generation 7, the best-selling road bus in the entire Western Hemisphere and present in more than 80 countries, has been the subject of speculation since 2018. It is not easy to find a replacement for a model that has been so successful in sales and that also has created a school with its design oriented to aerodynamic fluidity, faired surfaces and interior comfort. A bus that from day one was a winning proposal, conquering transporters, passengers, drivers and fans.
Well, the work of nearly five years researching, developing new solutions, gathering the experiences of transporters in the road and freight (rental) segment and preparing to receive a transport reactivation, has culminated with the worldwide launch of Generation 8 or simply «G8»from Marcopolo, the Brazilian bus giant.
«For more than 70 years, innovation has been in our DNA, and today we open an important chapter in a company that does not stop growing, being a world reference in the manufacture of bus bodies offering comfort and technology for passengers, as well as profitability to As customers, we are prepared for the future, which will be on board a Marcopolo », says James Bellini, CEO of Marcopolo.
This new launch will mark the history of Marcopolo and another leap for road passenger transport. Its front is exclusive for this Generation 8, with a larger surface of the panoramic that is integral design and its nibs do not interfere with the driver’s vision when they are not turned on. The silhouette of the G8 allows better aerodynamic penetration compared to that offered by the G7, which was already very good, reducing drag and helping to improve fuel consumption.
It is also accompanied by a new generation LED optical units, with a specific design and longer range to improve visibility, especially at night, the main headlights have a wedge shape. The rear was oriented to find the appropriate proportions in the forms, to maintain that family resemblance, although the play of lights occupies a greater surface.
When approaching it, an illuminated staircase on each step and a handrail covered with antibacterial material, facilitate access to both the cockpit and the passenger lounge. In the driving position you have to stop, as it is one of the areas that received the most improvements, highlighting the new control panel, where a touch screen stands out that integrates the functions that were previously in the multiplex panels and is complemented by buttons, which allows the operator to operate the controls in two ways, improving precision.
Another interesting detail is the larger glazed surface on the access doors, which helps to identify objects and especially reduce blind spots, facilitating safer maneuvers for the peace of mind of drivers.
A more enveloping chair, with a wider backrest and built in a single piece since the headrest is integrated, seeks to reduce the fatigue of the professional who directs the vehicle. The passenger seats, which were one of the most appreciated components of Generation 7, were revised with new tones, foams and materials combining dark colors and stitching that give it a more modern air, also to recline is softer.
«The proposal of the driver’s cabin sought to provide a better user experience, we increased the field of vision to provide greater safety and peace of mind on trips, the instrument panel is completely new, with fluid shapes and incorporating new technology, with a new operating concept including colors and shapes that allow a quick understanding of the controls »highlights Alexandre Garcia, UX Interior Designer at Marcopolo.
On the other hand, the outputs for the USB ports and the headphone inputs were relocated, now remaining in the seat bags, preventing them from being dispersed, the luggage racks debut fully LED lighting sets, they grow in space to house objects, in addition to an attractive style proposal for the light and air conditioning diffusers, the reading lights come on automatically. The toilet combines black and white tones to improve identification, in addition to offering more space with a wider door, aimed at ease of use.
Marcopolo challenged himself to build an even better vehicle, also in terms of safety: higher-strength steel was used in the construction of the structure, the section of the side columns was increased by 25%, new production methods and more demanding tests of collision and rollover, first digitally simulated and later taken to the real test with prototypes, achieving a high preservation of the cabin and therefore, fewer chances of injuries and fatalities.
For Generation 8, work was done on creating a passive safety system to protect drivers and walkers, frontal impact tests were simulated with rescue interventions by fire brigades. The tests showed that the new passive protection kit saves up to 30 minutes in the tasks to free the driver, extract him from the bus and transfer him to an assistance center.
The vehicle offers cameras instead of the classic exterior mirrors, to be able to capture all angles, avoid blind spots, have vision in any weather or light conditions and anticipate maneuvers, even with infrared technology to see at night. For markets such as Colombia, this option will be offered, which the transporter should consider as standard equipment.
Marcopolo spoke with numerous Brazilian transporters, who joined the contributions of many clients in Latin America, helping to build the new model, of which some features had been seen in February 2021. A reality that will soon be on the roads Rodoviarias de Brazil, with the Aguiabranca Group as the first client, which will operate it between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, from September 2021.
In any case, to facilitate the transition and allow greater choice for customers, Marcopolo will keep Generation 7 on the market, which will be seen in other markets gradually, starting in 2022.
A bus with many details of design, safety and comfort expected by transporters and lovers of the brand that will also lead passengers to an enhanced travel experience. It is also close to European creations, a market where Marcopolo will surely want to reach, because in the other continents the Brazilian giant is present, Generation 8 will continue to strengthen the brand’s position as a benchmark in the bus industry.
About 65 years have passed, since a rear-end front-engine chassis (tromp on type) went out of production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in São Bernardo do Campo (State of São Paulo). Since then, the brand has focused on offering transportation solutions that run on streets, avenues and highways in Brazil and Latin America, with the most complete line, from minibuses to large buses.
Its outstanding pioneering position led the brand to become a leader in the sale of buses in the national market, with an emphasis also on exports to Latin American countries and other continents. Currently, it is the largest manufacturer in the sector in Brazil, being Daimler’s World Competence Center for the development of Mercedes-Benz bus chassis. Chassis are also sent from the plant to markets such as Africa and Asia.
The brand offers customers the most complete line of buses in the Brazilian market, consisting of LO and OF models with front engine, OH family and O 500 with rear engine. They are micro, conventional buses, standard, super standard, articulated and super articulated, which translate into solutions for all the demands of urban public transport. While for the road, models of short, medium and long distances are available for both the road and rental segments, with more than 500,000 units sold throughout the history of the plant.
Reference in active safety
New technologies advance and the brand has increasingly become a market reference in active safety for road buses. For 2018, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system was introduced, available on the O500 series buses (RS, RSD and RSDD). Using sensors at the front, the adaptive autopilot helps the driver keep the bus at a safe distance from the vehicle in front. In an extreme emergency situation, if the driver does not react, the system acts, automatically braking the vehicle to avoid the impact.
O 500 road buses equipped with the Active Safety Package also include AEBS (Automatic Emergency Braking System), LDWS (Lane Warning System), TPMS (Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System), hill start, retarder, auxiliary engine brake, suspension with anti-tip system, ABS, traction control, EBS (electronic brake system), electronically controlled air suspension, ESP (electronic stability control), steering rear axle (for versions 6X2 and 8X2) that focuses on greater stability, disc brakes and power mode, a feature that offers more safety when overtaking.
Also focused on offering solutions for bus users, Mercedes-Benz has a team specialized in massive urban public transport systems, such as BRT, lanes and dedicated lanes. The Company thus has extensive knowledge to propose and discuss solutions to the demands of bus mobility, working together with different areas of society.
As a Daimler Group company, Mercedes-Benz do Brazil has all the knowledge to work with electromobility in Latin America and is prepared to provide an appropriate solution to the reality of each country. This will happen at the right time, considering the technological, economic and commercial viability, the partnership with the bodybuilders and the support in terms of infrastructure for all customers.