Ankai is one of the many Chinese companies dedicated to the production of buses, located in Hefei (Anhui) and belonging to the JAC group, which has had a significant penetration in several Latin American markets, with good results, especially in freight transport with tonnages small and medium. It can produce around 30,000 buses a year, and it also stands out for having received collaboration from the Germans Kassböhrer (Setra) in the 1990s, before being acquired by Daimler.
In Mexico, the brand’s representative is EGS Trucks, which is in charge of the entire sales, service and spare parts process for Ankai, in addition to Yuchai engines, which can also equip Chinese buses. Now the Chinese manufacturer reaches the big transport leagues in the country, after being awarded a contract for 800 units, for the Nuevo León transport system.
In a competition where four brands participated, in December 2021, the Thousand International Companies S.A. consortium was chosen. (Ticsa), which included the technology provided by Ankai. The Winner not only met the specifications, but also offered the best prices and conditions and was well below what was estimated by the state administration for the tender. The Secretary of Mobility announced that the first 100 units will arrive in Nuevo León in April and that the 800 buses will finish arriving in September, likewise, he declared that the buses will serve for the restructuring of public transport in the entity.
That first batch of 100 units must be delivered on April 23, then deliveries of 140 units will be made progressively each month, until they are completed by the month of September. The buses are being built at the Ankai plants, for later shipment by sea to Mexico.
The Ankai buses that will roll through the streets of Nuevo León correspond to the HK6105HGQ model, 10,500 mm long, 2,500 mm wide and with a maximum height of 3,250 mm and a maximum vehicle weight of 16,000 kg. They are powered by a 7.8-liter Yuchai YC6J245-50 engine, delivering 240 HP of power and 980 Nm of torque, complying with the Euro V emission standard. The 6 fuel storage tanks have a capacity of 120 liters each.
The vehicles will be able to transport up to 70 passengers, they have air conditioning, fire extinguishing system in the engine, USB recharging ports. The braking system is drum, with ABS and air dryer provided by Wabco, while the electromagnetic retarder system is of Telma origin.
Colombiabus newsroom – Mercedes Benz Autobuses México
Under the premise that mobility is a fundamental part of the economic and social development of a community, Mercedes-Benz Buses in Mexico is committed to innovation and the production of buses with environmentally friendly technologies, to promote sustainable mobility. This is demonstrated by the recent launch of the first electric unit with eO500 U chassis, 12 meters and low entry, which was unveiled in São Bernardo do Campo in August 2021, and is expected to be marketed throughout Latin America.
In this same sense and to contribute not only with the quality of life in cities, climate protection and air quality, but also with the technological development promoted by the Academy, the Three Pointed Star has donated an OH1518/ 47 valued at $40,000, to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. This donation will be used so that students can learn everything related to the ecosystem of electromobility.
“We are excited and proud to be part of this project with which we can encourage the development of engineering and manufacturing capabilities around sustainable mobility technologies,” said Raúl García, Director of Operations of Mercedes-Benz Buses.
Additionally, the companies Questum Movilidad, Marcopolo and Grupo SENDA will collaborate with the students to design this project by donating the powertrain, bodywork and internal components, respectively. In the same way, expert operators will carry out driving tests, maintenance and collection of statistical data on the performance and performance of the unit.
The School of Engineering and Sciences of Tec de Monterrey will form transdisciplinary engineering work teams in which students, professors and researchers will participate, for the conceptualization, design and assembly of electrification components in the chassis and bodywork. The field tests and final tests, as well as the vehicle operation and maintenance plan, will be carried out in the spaces assigned by the donees. Also, it will create a Tec Mobility circuit, so that the end user can validate its operation.
“This donation will promote the TecNexus initiative that pays for the development of technological and sustainable solutions for the use of natural resources, specifically in the Energy avenue, to accelerate the training of talent, research and technological development focused on cleaner and more sustainable mobility. We are very happy with Mercedes-Benz Autobuses for strengthening our National Electromobility Laboratory to encourage our brightest minds of students and teachers, in the creation of technological solutions, from the classroom to the industry”, highlighted Manuel Zertuche, National Dean of the School of Engineering and Sciences from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies.
For his part, Dr. Mario Adrián Flores, Vice President of the Monterrey Region mentioned “We are at the right time to develop and test technologies created in the region, and our Tec District will be the Living Laboratory to validate and improve electric, connected and autonomous vehicles. We appreciate the interest and trust shown by Mercedes-Benz Autobuses and allies in this project in favor of sustainable mobility”.
Sofía Mendoza, an Automotive Design Engineering (IDA) student at the Monterrey Campus, expressed with emotion, “I am proud to be a protagonist, witness and student at Tec de Monterrey. This project has given me the opportunity to lead, as a Project Manager, mechanical design with scope in the technological, environmental, economic, social and educational fields. Our main objective is to reduce the emission of pollutants to achieve a cleaner air and environment. I observed that the students are capable of exceeding our expectations and self-limitations, to carry out a job of excellence and with a high impact on people’s daily lives.”
This collaboration has allowed, during the year 2021, to involve more than 20 professors, more than 200 students from each of the IDA, IME, IMA, IIS and IMT careers in projects of energy systems for vehicles, battery sizing, mechanical design and simulation, and power train. The donated chassis will allow implementing and support the concentrations in automotive engineering and cyber-physical systems of the academic programs of the Tec21 Educational Model, as well as the creation of knowledge in the postgraduate courses associated with Electromobility; benefiting about 1000 students.
Colombiabus newsroom – Ministerio de Transporte de Chile
In an event where the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Gloria Hutt participated, who participated in the presentation of the electric bus model 7900 of the Volvo brand, which will begin a testing period with the operator Redbus. This route provides services to users of the communes of Huechuraba, Recoleta, Providencia and Las Condes. Volvo’s executives, Redbus representatives and a group of fans participated in the event.
The management, requested during the last quarter of 2021 by the Redbus Urbano company to the Undersecretary of Transport, had the approval of the authority in order to facilitate the conditions for service operators to make proposals to improve services and test new technologies that allow users to access greater conditions of comfort, modernity and safety in the public system at the same time that due analyzes and performance evaluations are carried out on the machines that, eventually, could be added to the operators’ fleets.
The commercial director of Volvo Chile, José Antonio Margalet, stated that “we are tremendously proud of having brought the first electric bus with a European standard to the country. This 100% electric Volvo vehicle stands out for being a bus that ensures clean, quiet and efficient public transport, in addition to contributing to the country’s sustainability.
This vehicle incorporates the concept of “zero zones”, that is, it helps cities to become cities with zero emissions and zero noise, complying with the strictest restrictions in this area. It also has automated technologies, such as remote speed control, which enables “safety zones” on the routes to ensure the passage of the bus at a controlled speed in front of points of risk such as schools and hospitals, in addition to the pedestrian detection, which can increase the overall safety of urban traffic”.
Henri Rohard, commercial manager of Redbus stated “we are happy to be able to continue testing new models of electric buses for the public transport system in Santiago. Our objective with these pilots is to continue expanding and enriching the possible products for the market. These types of pilots open up the field of possibilities, both for the number of suppliers and for designs and technologies. There is strong interest from electric bus providers and providers of technologies associated with this type of motorization in the Chilean market,” the executive said.
The electric Volvo Urbano bus has a total length of 12 meters, a width of 2.55 meters and a height of 3.3 meters. It has an electric motor with a maximum power of 200 kW, a 2-speed Volvo I-Shift automated gearbox, a maximum torque of 19,000 Nm, an energy storage system with lithium-ion batteries, with an expected average operating range of 250 kms., heating and air conditioning and automatic temperature control of batteries.
Scania Mexico reaffirms its commitment to sustainability and the environment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have cleaner and more efficient mobility through its products; this through its signing with the ZEBRA (Zero Emission Bus Rapid-Deployment Accelerator) project, which is co-directed between the International Council for Clean Transportation and the ICCT and C-40 Climate Change Leadership Group.
The Climate Change Leadership Group, better known as C40, has among its initiatives the ZEBRA project, which aims to accelerate the introduction of zero-emission transport, by boosting the supply and demand of electric vehicles, boosting financing and new business models, as well as collaboration to share knowledge. In this way, the C40 group seeks to increase the supply of electric vehicles, knowing that Scania has an important strategy in this regard and the agreement was made to sign the commitment.
“This signing puts us one step ahead of the commitment we want to achieve in terms of electric mobility, promoting actions to combat climate change. This year we will have the launch of two electric vehicles, one in the bus segment and the other in cargo, which makes us extremely proud, in addition to being the first company in Mexico to sign the ZEBRA project”, mentioned Alejandro Mondragón, General Director of Scania. Mexico.
For his part, Jorge Navarro Inostroza, Director of the Scania Mexico bus segment, commented during the talks held with Leticia Pineda, Regional Leader of ICCT, that he is “proud that Scania is the first company in Mexico to locally develop an electric bus to make a transition that makes having more sustainable cities a reality.”
The Climate Leadership Group (C40) is made up of cities from around the world that join efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere and adapt to climate change, 70% of the cities that are part of this group have implemented actions that they benefit the environment, something that, without a doubt, is a great effort to improve our surroundings. Some signatory cities in Latin America are Mexico City, Medellín, São Paulo and Santiago.
Some of the actions that Scania signs before this agreement are: make available at least one zero-emission bus model for purchase in Mexico, make available to ZEBRA partners the results of independent tests of energy consumption in the bus cycle for each product made in Mexico, carry out an operation demonstration of at least one zero-emission bus model in Mexico City within 12 months of signing this declaration, inform ZEBRA partners of the number of buses and zero emission chassis sold in Mexico, among others.
This alliance speaks of Scania’s commitment to the environment, willing to continue innovating to provide customers and users with a tailor-made service, consolidating new technologies of the highest quality, in addition to always seeking to improve with sustainable products that benefit to our planet, this signature is a clear message from the brand to follow the path of electric mobility and reduction of carbon emissions.
The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid has been chosen by two of the most recent zonal operators of the Transmilenio system, to provide technical assistance in improving the passenger transport network in the Colombian capital. The collaboration agreement with the two concessionaires will have a minimum duration of 5 years, and may be extended to 15 years, the same time horizon that the concession lasts for each consortium.
EMT is expanding its participation in mobility projects at an international level, contributing its specialized knowledge through the promotion of its consulting activity. Collaboration in international projects is a commitment to business diversification within EMT and the enhancement of all the knowledge and experience of the organization. Currently, EMT leads different European research projects on sustainable mobility and participates in international networks of Dialogue and exchange of knowledge on intelligent transport technologies and sustainable urban planning.
EMT will provide support to the operators Mueve Fontibón and Mueve Usme, which have the capacity to mobilize more than 140,000 passengers per day within the zonal component of Transmilenio, in towns located to the west and south-east of Bogotá, respectively. The consultancy will be focused on residential areas in the areas of influence of its portals and will include 10 routes, with a fleet of 410 electric buses, both 80-passenger standards and 50-occupant buses.
On February 14, the official start-up of the Mueve Fontibón operator was carried out, which received 89 buses and 83 registers, in an event that was attended by the Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López; the Secretary of Mobility, Felipe Ramírez, the Manager of Transmilenio, Álvaro Rengifo. Also present at the delivery were representatives from EnelX, which developed the recharging infrastructure at the terminal known as Patio Desk; BYD as supplier of the chassis, Busscar from Colombia that built the bodies and media.
EMT will provide technical support in aspects such as defining the operational structure, identifying the needs of computer resources, optimizing the planning of the fleet’s service charts, reviewing environmental management procedures and assistance with user information systems. EMT will assist in the design of maintenance plans and will define the necessary reserves, which guarantee compliance and the availability of the fleet to provide an adequate mobilization of passengers in the areas of influence of each concessionaire.
During the operation phase of the concession, EMT will provide permanent support throughout the technical assistance contract in the development of operational solutions for compliance with the service levels established by Transmilenio. The collaboration will also focus on monitoring and optimizing the planning, scheduling and maintenance procedures established at the start of the operation. Finally, the company will certify quarterly compliance with the obligations of the technical assistance contract.
To carry out these works, EMT will collaborate with the personnel currently located in Peru and who are the Technical Manager of Transvial Lima, operator of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system in the Peruvian capital.
Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / Webfleet Colombia
The Japanese Bridgestone, a world leader in tires and rubber products, has announced the launch in Colombia of its Webfleet telematics and fleet management division. This is one of the most recognized telemetry solutions worldwide, with more than 1.2 million connected vehicles in Europe and the Middle East alone.
Webfleet, is the name with which the Japanese tiremaker renamed TomTom Telematics, one of the four divisions of the Dutch TomTom created in 1991 and dedicated to navigation systems. In 2019, Bridgestone acquired the digital solutions business for fleets, developed by the Dutch company, in a transaction valued at the time at 910 million euros.
The purchase was the result of previous work that Bridgestone carried out to strengthen its digital capabilities, taking control of the leading platform in Europe, with a good growth rate. Webfleet is run as an independent business, taking advantage of the Japanese tiremaker’s strong brand equity, large number of customers, global influence and distribution network.
With the announcement made by Bridgestone Colombia, a broad portfolio arrives that will allow fleet operators, both small and large companies, to track their vehicles in real time and have the necessary information to make decisions aimed at increasing the performance of the operation, reduce costs and increase road and property safety.
This mobility service presented by Bridgestone is based on the Webfleet fleet management software platform, which, together with other self-made devices, manages to make the management of all types of fleets more efficient and simple (from light vehicles to heavy-duty trucks and trailers).
The platform provides real-time and historical information on trips, fuel consumption indicators, route optimization, driving habits, event notifications and maintenance control, in addition to other specific functionalities for trailer management.
“Now, fleet managers rely much more on technology, and our solutions have accompanied our customers in this adoption of digitization. With the expansion in Latin America we will also be able to help the fleets in Colombia to improve performance and safety, protect their assets and drivers, as well as contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of the planet”, said Manuel De la Torre, director of Webfleet Solutions.
Irizar arrived in South America in 1998, with the establishment of the plant in Brazil, in Botucatu (State of São Paulo). Shortly after the start of model manufacturing in these facilities, the Spanish manufacturer began its commercial path in Chile, always with its distributor Transportes Cabal.
Zvonimir Matjevic, founder and President of the Cabal Group, remembers how he began this association with Irizar: “On a trip to Europe in 1995 or 1996, I had the privilege of seeing many Irizar circulating in different cities, and their design caught my attention. Innovative and its position in the market, something that was very far from the offer that existed in Chile and South America in general. Just a couple of years later, in 1998, we reached an exclusive collaboration agreement with Irizar for Chile, which has allowed the creation and maintenance of a business relationship with hundreds of satisfied customers in Chile”.
Irizar has been able to perfectly understand the needs of the market and of the clients of the most diverse Chilean segments, such as tourism, routes, personnel transport and especially mining transport, which today stands out as one of the most demanding in terms of safety and in which Irizar is currently the market leader.
“Probably the greatest merit of the result has to do with the fact of being in a highly competitive market, with open borders, where we are the product with the highest initial investment but the most profitable for customers and operators. And the explanation for the success undoubtedly has to do with the high market valuation of the aspects that today are our main differentiators: safety, design, operational efficiency, durability, to name a few.”
Tomislav concludes by pointing out the importance of loyalty and the close relationship with customers, which are great differentials that have allowed Irizar to reach the milestone of 3,000 units: “Undoubtedly we owe it to our customers and their ability to value Irizar as a comprehensive and efficient proposal, a solution proposal and long-term support”.
Buses Hualpén is a customer that has continued to trust Irizar for more than 15 years and in 2020 it incorporated 150 Irizar i6 coaches. It currently has a fleet of 800 coaches, of which more than 55% are Irizar.
“The choice of our brand is mainly due to the safety offered for long and dangerous routes and the great adaptability of our coaches to extreme weather situations: the Irizar buses operated by Hualpén provide services throughout the geographical diversity of Chile, from Arica to Punta Arena. They travel through cities, paved roads and stony layers inside mining operations, reaching 4,500 meters in altitude at Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi in the Tarapacá region, where temperatures exceed 40ºC in summer and reach -20ºC in winter, with harsh conditions of snow and ice” explains Daniel Gonzalez, General Manager of Buses Hualpén.
His opinion on the choice of the Irizar brand is clear: “There are three attributes that I would highlight about Irizar: The first is that they are very comfortable buses inside. The second is that there is an excellent after-sales and spare parts service, which makes maintenance very efficient. And, finally, Hualpén has established a relationship of trust and work, not only with the local representative, but also with the Irizar factory itself, which has proven to be very flexible and focused on satisfying our needs”.
2021 was not easy for the transport, cargo and logistics sectors due to the ravages of the pandemic, supply chain and the semiconductor crisis, causing entire plants to stop production, a global problem for which no one was prepared. For Scania Mexico it was no exception, however, the Swedish brand in Mexico came out ahead and managed to close the year with 740 units sold between buses and cargo trucks, in addition to already venturing into the motor segment. The foregoing defines the impact that the brand has managed to position over more than 25 years of history in Mexico.
For the cargo segment it was a record year, it gained market share and doubled sales in 2020, closing with a total of 567 vehicles, of which 527 were tractor trailers and 40 were class 8 rigids. This placed Scania in fourth place after national level in trucks according to data from the ANPACT (National Association of Producers of Buses, Trucks and Trucks) and INEGI.
“It is an achievement for us to reach these figures in Mexico, without a doubt it has been the best period in the history of the brand in Mexico in terms of trucks and tractors that we started four years ago, despite all the problems that occurred during the year, we went from selling 276 trucks in 2020 and grew 105.4% compared to that year, having a market share of 2.85%. We still need to grow more, and we are on the right path, our customers recognize the brand for the differentials that we have presented in the sector, and we are doing our job in a very important market for Scania”, commented Mauricio de Alba, Director of Sales and Scania Trucks aftermarket.
It is important to mention that, thanks to the trust of customers in the segment, all the stock that was available for sale in 2022 is already assigned to various customers. During this year, orders will be received for 2023, where the objective will be to place 3,000 trucks in the Mexican market.
In the bus and passenger transport segment, Scania continues to be a leading brand and an improvement in demand was noted compared to 2020. 173 units were sold during 2021, with 154 foreign units sold and 19 urban units. “In the bus and passenger transport segment, we had a notable improvement, although we are not yet at pre-pandemic levels, we have to continue working along the same lines, the only way to grow is to continue doing the good work we have been doing during all these years: demonstrating the value of our sustainable products, innovating and offering comprehensive solutions in each of the services” said Jorge Navarro Inostroza, Sales and After Sales Director of Scania Buses.
Similarly, the numbers for the engine segment have been of great value to Scania, proof of this were the 31 power generation engines placed in the Mexican market throughout the year and 64 more that are already ordered by 2022. “We want Scania quality to be in each of the products and services we offer and engines could not be the exception, we have started knocking on doors and customers have responded quite well, so the outlook for our engines looks promising”, commented Raúl Rodriguez, Director of Power Solutions.
One of the strengths of the Swedish brand is in after-sales and the “Customer Workshop Services” (CWS) which consists of taking the Scania workshop to the customer’s facilities to provide support and maintenance to the vehicles, so the brand takes care of the vehicle and the customer of your business. Currently, there are 49 points covering the entire Mexican Republic, with 70% of the fleet (between buses and trucks) with a direct maintenance policy from Scania, so the brand’s offer is completely comprehensive.
The start of operations of the brand’s finance company was vital during 2021 since it supported 70% of commercial operations, a differential that has enabled important businesses to be enabled and which means total brand confidence with its own products.
Scania currently has 5,743 vehicles connected with Scania Communicator, a brand-specific tool that offers the customer all the information on the units by Scania’s team of professionals; As part of its Driver Coaching program, with more than 1,000 subscriptions focused on driver support, the brand provides personalized attention to learn in detail the driving habits of each vehicle and each operator, as well as support maintenance management and the location of the same, focused on a safer, more sustainable and profitable operation, one more example of Scania’s commitment to each of its customers, to have more durable and efficient fleets.
Among the most relevant news for the brand in 2021 was the announcement of the launch of the electric truck by the CEO and President of Scania Mexico, Alejandro Mondragón, within the framework of the XXI National Forum for the Transport of Goods by the ANTP (National Association of Private Transport). There, it was mentioned that in 2022, the best electric truck in the world will arrive in Mexican territory.
Likewise, in the bus segment, the arrival of the first electric bus for the Swedish brand in the country was announced, with October 2021 being the month in which pilot tests began on the electric platform with which this urban bus will be manufactured in Mexico hand in hand with Beccar for this 2022. Additionally, one of the most anticipated moments for the brand that will undoubtedly set a precedent will be the presentation of the new generation of chassis, which will have great benefits for its customers and for the environment.
The brand is firm in its commitment, willing to continue innovating to grow, having financing schemes for each of its clients and consolidating new technologies hand in hand with sustainable products of the best quality. In this 2022, the focus of the brand will be on the after-sales offer and innovation in the development of service and connectivity solutions.
THERE WILL BE 472 PATTERNS AND 92 ARTICULATED B8R EURO 6
Latinobus newsroom – Volvo Group
In the most important urban bus tender in Latin America in 2021/2022, Volvo will once again be one of the main vehicle suppliers for the Chilean capital. A few days ago, the Comptroller General of the Country awarded the concession for the use of the roads of the six service units of the capital. As adopted in Bogotá, for the Transmilenio system tenders that have been held since 2018, the fleet provider component has been separated from the fleet operator. This has been one of the main changes adopted by the Metropolitan Mobility Network, as the Santiago bus system is called.
The Volvo vehicles will be operated by RedBus, one of the concessionaires that already make up the Metropolitan Mobility Network, and by Metropol, a traditional Argentine operator that is making international inroads into this process in Chile. “We have a long experience in Santiago, with participation from the beginning of the city system. For years, Volvo buses have contributed to improving urban mobility in the Chilean capital, offering comfort and safety to passengers”, says Fabiano Todeschini, President of Volvo Buses Latin America.
With the separation of the two key components of the tender, to ensure financial closure and investment commitments, the companies that own the buses, called “Fleet Providers” (Capex) and the companies that will operate the vehicles, called “Operators” remain of Fleet” (Opex). The first group guarantees the supply of the buses, while the second is dedicated to the daily start-up of the vehicles, including their maintenance. The Volvo buses will be owned by Volvo Financial Services, the Group’s financial division, which will receive monthly amounts to make the vehicles available to the operating companies.
“This operating model is a pioneer in the continent. We are prepared to evaluate this concept also for the other cities in our region, always in partnership with Volvo Buses”, assures Carlos Ribeiro, president of Volvo Financial Services in South America. The new parameters require mechanisms that raise the quality of the new system design. “The contracts establish permanent certification of the maintenance of the buses throughout their lives. The objective is to guarantee the maximum availability of the vehicles, with safety for the passengers”, points out Alexandre Selski, Director of Strategic Sales at Volvo.
Training of drivers and maintenance personnel is also required, as well as telemetry systems for online bus management and operation. State-of-the-art bus The 92 articulated units are of the articulated Volvo B8R model, with the same specifications as the 200 units delivered by the brand to Santiago, which were bodied in Colombia by Superpolo.
It is a chassis with a low entry, capacity for 180 passengers and a 7.7-liter rear engine, while the remaining 472 buses are also low-entry Volvo B8Rs, but in the conventional monocoup configuration (standard), for 78 or 95 passengers, depending on the internal configuration.
Volvo chassis will be produced at the brand’s factories in Curitiba (Brazil) and Borås (Sweden); while the bodies will be The bodies of the RedBus operator will be supplied by Marcopolo, produced in Caxias do Sul (RS) and the bodies of the Metropol operator will be supplied by Caio, produced in Botucatu (SP).
The Volvo B8Rs have the Euro 6 Volvo D8K diesel engine, six cylinders in line with a power of 320 hp and a torque of 1,200 Nm. from 1,050 to 1,600 rpm, complemented by a Voith D864.6 automatic transmission with integrated retarder from the Diwa family. The brakes are Volvo EBS5 electronically controlled disc brakes, ABS system, combined braking with retarder, hill start assist, brake assist, and hydraulic retarder integrated into the transmission.
The Red bus system serves around 6.2 million users in the 32 municipalities of the Metropolitan Region, plus Puente Alto and San Bernardo, a geographic and urban area of around 680 square kilometers. On a business day, around three million transactions are carried out on more than two thousand buses in the system.
BAE Systems, one of the world’s leading companies in electric and hybrid solutions for buses, ships, heavy trucks and military vehicles, which operates in more than 40 countries, will now offer its products and propulsion technologies to countries in South America.
With a strong presence in Europe, North America and Asia, the company has been present in South America for several years, providing systems for the Armed Forces of different countries. Now, it will also offer innovative electric transport solutions and has experience in energy management and efficient propulsion, with high-performance and sustainable electric solutions.
These solutions will be provided by the Power Propulsion Systems unit, with alliances and supply of electric and hybrid propulsion systems for national manufacturers. The objective is to have as partners automobile manufacturers, commercial vehicle chassis manufacturers and bus body manufacturers who wish to offer electric and hybrid buses in their countries, with a line of propulsion products that can serve the market, with a wide range of solutions for trucks. and buses.
“Mexico is one of the countries that we are actively looking at in Latin America, both because we believe there will eventually be a significant market for low and zero emission buses and because there is a significant automotive industry (so many people we could work with). I would also add that the favorable trade agreements between the United States and Mexico are obviously something that we would look to take advantage of. We are currently speaking with a vehicle manufacturer in Mexico and will contact others shortly, but it is too early for me to share who they are,” said Ian Wilson, head of the Power Propulsion Systems unit.
Today, more than 14,000 BAE Systems hybrid electric systems are already in operation around the world, saving fuel and CO2 emissions and reducing maintenance for public transport operators. The company offers a variety of electrification options, from accessories for electric vehicles to zero-emission propulsion through batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for buses, trucks and boats, according to the needs of each region and business.