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METROBÚS ADDS 10 NEW YUTONG ELECTRIC BUSES ARTICULATED TO THE OPERATION

Colombiabus Newsroom – Portal Movilidad

IT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE A 100% ELECTRIC CORRIDOR

With ten articulated Yutong electric buses on Line 3, and another 10 on Line 4, the Mexico City Metrobús continues its route towards electromobility. Likewise, for the next 18 months, the creation of a 100% electric line in the interior circuit is planned, seeking to expand the urban interconnection.

Additionally, a cautious but ambitious foray into electric mobility is expected with a clear proposal that is difficult to ignore, seeking to attract more bus manufacturers with sustainable energy. In this way, it would be easier to access and incorporate the benefits they bring, which are both for the user and for the environment itself.

Electromobility is not the only technological renovation that the company has incorporated and seeks to promote. To offer a better service to the user, Metrobús works in two more dimensions: connectivity and the collection system.

In the first case, reference is made both to the connectivity that links the rolling infrastructure and the stations, as well as to the connection with people. That is why they seek to have a «greater service management capacity, through advanced control centers». In the second case, it is sought that direct payment can be accepted in more lines with a charge to the card both in the payment machines, but also with direct validation.

The entry of the Mexico City Metrobús to electric mobility is quite recent. In August 2020, the first, with a capacity for 160 people and a dimension of 18 meters, was enlisted on Line 3, which runs from Tenayuca to Ethiopia, in an alliance with Mobility ADO and Engie México with the Yutong ZK6180BEVG1 buses.

TMB BARCELONA BEGINS A BID TO ACQUIRE 210 HYBRID AND ELECTRIC BUSES

Colombiabus Newsroom – The New Barcelona Post

THE DELIVERY OF THE BUSES WILL BE STAGED UNTIL 2025

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) will invest more than 400 million Euros in the next six years to modernize and make its bus fleet more sustainable. According to the current TMB roadmap, all diesel vehicles will be amortized and only clean buses will be incorporated, preferably with electric traction.

Framed in this plan, the company this week started the tender to acquire 210 electric and hybrid buses for an amount of 116 million euros. The new vehicles will serve to replace others with more polluting technologies and 15 years old.

«We want the Barcelona bus network to be innovative, efficient, safe and, above all, clean and sustainable, in line with the objectives of the European Union to decarbonize transport and combat the climate emergency», explains the President of TMB, Rosa Alarcón. TMB’s strategic commitment not only includes the purchase of clean buses but also of its auxiliary vehicles and necessary infrastructure and the promotion of hydrogen and biogas.

The current tender for 210 electric and hybrid buses is divided into five lots, of which two correspond to 100% electric and zero-emission vehicles, totaling 78 units. Of these, 29 will be articulated with fast charging and will be used for the electrification of the H16, H12 and V15 lines, the three of which are in great demand. The rest will contribute to the goal of making half of TMB’s bus fleet electric powered by 2030.

MERCEDES-BENZ VITO: 25 YEARS EXPORTING FROM THE VITORIA PLANT IN SPAIN

Colombiabus Newsroom / Mercedes-Benz Vans

MORE THAN 2 MILLION VANS PRODUCED AT THE PLANT

More than a quarter of a century ago, production of the Vito mid-size van began at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, in northern Spain. This first generation of light commercials not only marked a new era for the star brand, but also the rebirth of the facilities located in the Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Thanks to the investment to modernize the factory, the annual production capacity rose to 80,000 vehicles, incorporating many automated processes and a state-of-the-art logistics center to have one of the brand’s most modern planes.

The Mercedes-Benz Vitoria production plant currently has about 4,900 employees, occupying an area of ​​642,295 m². Since the expansion in 2001, the production buildings now cover a total area of ​​370,000 m², the equivalent of around 50 football fields. The factory supplies nearly all world markets, including Latin America, and since 1995 has manufactured more than 2 million vehicles.

Most of the production is occupied by the Vito, which was again extensively renewed in 2020. In that same year the electric eVito Tourer with a range of 421 kilometers was introduced, as well as the efficient and powerful OM 654 family of diesel engines from 2 liters and four cylinders. In addition to the Vito, the V-class and the eVito, since 2020 the EQV, which became the first fully electric premium minivan from Mercedes-Benz built in Vitoria.

The Vitoria-Gasteiz factory was built in 1954 and began producing vehicles for the DKW brand the following year. Mercedes-Benz AG, as it was also called at the time, was closely linked with Auto Union in the following years, before acquiring full ownership of the production site in 1981. From 1988 to 1995, Mercedes-Benz produced the MB 100, a light van that was launched in 1981 in Germany and was the predecessor to the Vito, as well as its sisters, the Viano and the V-Class.

SCANIA MEXICO WILL INVEST ABOUT 3 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROJECTS

Colombiabus Newsroom – Scania México

THIS YEAR WILL START SCANIA FINANCE MEXICO

In order to contribute to Mexico’s economic recovery and improve its market share in both buses and trucks, Scania Mexico has announced an investment of 50 million Mexican Pesos (about 3 million dollars) in three projects, seeking to strengthen their offer for the country’s transportation and thereby reinforce the brand’s commitment to Mexican operators.

The first project includes the expansion of the spare parts logistics center located in Querétaro (State of Mexico), which will go from 1,700 to 3,617 square meters in area. Scania expects to reach 5,000 square meters by 2024.

On the other hand, they are working on the last details to present a new branch of the brand in Tepotzotlan, with an area of ​​6,000 square meters, completing 16 points and 45 in-house workshops in the country with direct support. A very important issue goes hand in hand with the third project and is the definitive landing of Scania Finance México, which will be in charge of offering credit, leasing and other financial options with its own funding sources and risk profiles adapted to the business of Mexican transporters and, most importantly, more favorable conditions compared to commercial banks.

With Scania Finance Mexico, the company expects 50% of the brand’s bus and truck sales to be supported through the in-house financier.

SCANIA AND MARCOPOLO LAUNCH THE FIRST GAS ENGINE ROAD BUS IN BRAZIL

Colombiabus Newsroom – By William Marroquín

GERDAU AND TURIS SILVA ARE ALSO PARTNERS IN THE PROJECT

An alliance between Scania and Marcopolo will allow Turis Silva, a transport operator located in the south of the South American giant, to launch the first highway bus powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for tourism applications, business service, rental and short excursions. The bus will be assigned to transport employees of the Gerdau steel company, at the Charqueadas plant, Rio Grande do Sul state.

The business transport operation, in charge of Turis Silva Transportes, will be under a demonstration contract on a route from Porto Alegre-Charqueadas-São Jerônimo, on a daily route of 190 km. To date, the gas highway bus to charter in Brazil is in the final details of the certification and homologation process to receive the circulation permit.

“We are very excited about this pioneering operation. There will no longer be more to continue having diesel as the sole parent. Requests from contractors for greener products are increasing every day and sustainability is a path of no return. I am convinced that it will be the first of many gas buses for rent” Jaime Silva, founder and owner of Turis Silva Transportes. The businessman is also president of the National Association of Tourist Transporters and Charter. The company has been in the market for 31 years, with its headquartered in Porto Alegre, provides continuous and occasional charter services, has 54 Scania buses and has been increasing the brand’s share in its fleet each year.

The K 320 4 × 2 model has a 9.3-liter engine that produces 320HPc, the propeller is Otto Cycle (the same concept as cars) and it runs 100% on gas and biomethane, or a mixture of both. It is not converted from diesel to gas, it is a dedicated power unit with factory warranty, reliable and safe technology, consistent performance and diesel-like strength, as well as being quieter. Eight gas cylinders were installed in the front with a range of 300 km. If a customer wants more autonomy, it is possible to evaluate the location of more cylinders and for the development of the body there are no significant changes.

In the case of a fire or crash, the gas is released into the atmosphere and dissolves without danger of an explosion, unlike a similar diesel-powered vehicle which is more dangerous as the liquid remains on the ground or can spread through the body.

Marcopolo chose the Paradiso New G7 1050 bodywork to equip the historic bus, capable of handling up to 44 passengers. It is equipped with Wi-Fi internet access, environmental entertainment screens, semi-bed seats, camera monitoring system, individual USB sockets and air conditioning. The model also has different solutions of the Marcopolo BioSafe platform to protect the occupants from pathogens that could cause diseases such as Covid-19, such as a toilet and air conditioning system with UV-C lamps to disinfect the environments; curtains with antimicrobial material, and gel dispenser at the entrance of the access staircase.

TOYOTA LAUNCHES ITS TWO VERSIONS PASSENGER VAN HI-ACE IN ARGENTINA

Colombiabus Newsroom

THE VAN IS CONTEMPLATED TO BE PRODUCE IN ARGENTINA

Although Toyota had already introduced the HiAce light utility vehicle in delivery van versions nearly two years ago, this launch of the Wagon and Commuter versions marks the entry into the commercial passenger vehicle segment in Argentina for the Japanese brand, with a van that is imported from Japan, but for which there are plans to produce it in the country, at the Zárate plant (Buenos Aires province) where the Hilux pick-up, leader in sales in the country, was also built.

Two versions that share the same engine, but with an eye on two different segments and models: The Wagon with shorter dimensions and a more luxurious equipment for 9 passengers, which will face the Mercedes-Benz Vito and the Hyundai H100; It is designed for the transport of executives, clubs, diplomats and artists. For its part, the Commuter will be able to transport up to 13 passengers and will seek to compete with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Master, targeting the transport of excursions, business and charters in short distances.

To achieve economies of scale and facilitate the aftermarket, both versions will feature the engine and transmission used in the Toyota Hilux. The 1GD engine of the Japanese brand with 2.8 liters of displacement, but with a different electronic map looking for fuel economy; that’s why the powerplant delivers 163HP at 3,600rpm and 420Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,200 engine turns. Power is delivered to the wheels via a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

Considering that they are oriented to different segments, although they share the same mechanics, the dimensions and equipment are different. The Commuter has a length of 5,915 mm and the Wagon 5,300 mm, in addition to the finishes of the former that are more functional and for a more demanding job. For its part, the second option offers seats upholstered in leather and electrically adjustable (in the second row).

In both versions, the driver’s position has a height and depth adjustable steering wheel and a height adjustable seat with longitudinal adjustment and backrest recline. It is worth noting the very good wide field of vision and the angular-turning exterior mirrors that improve rear vision. Additionally, they incorporate 6 USB ports to recharge devices.

Toyota will seek to test the acceptance of the vehicle not only in Argentina, but also throughout Latin America. Initially it was imported from Japan, but in the future the idea is to produce the HiAce in Argentina, where the Hilux and SW4 are already manufactured. Countries like Chile, Peru and others in Central America sell the van and that is why it is considered that the assembly project in South America can be successful.

AGRALE LAUNCHES THE MA27.0 FRONT ENGINE ARTICULATED BUS IN ARGENTINA

Colombiabus Newsroom – Agrale Argentina S.A.

TODOBUS BUILT THE PROTOTYPE MODEL

Despite the pandemic, the Argentine subsidiary of the Brazilian manufacturer Agrale continues to advance in the development of passenger buses, highly oriented towards urban mobility. Not only do they finalize details of the long-awaited electric MA17 whose powertrain is being developed in England, but now add a new variant for operators who need large capacity vehicles in cities, with its front-engined MA27.0 chassis.

The chassis of the presentation has been bodied by the constructor TodoBus, located southwest of Buenos Aires, on a platform length of 18 meters, a gross vehicle weight of 27 tons and with the capacity to transport up to 143 passengers, of which 49 they can travel seated. The MA27.0 with front engine is part of the more than ten developments conceived by the Argentine engineering team, in about 15 years of Agrale’s presence in the country.

The chassis is powered by a Cummins Euro V diesel engine of the ISB family, with 6.7 liters of displacement and 290HP of power, which reaches the wheels thanks to the fully automatic transmission provided by Allison of the Torqmatic family suitable for vehicles with weight. 29,000kg gross vehicle. The joint (sanfona) is imported from Germany by Hübner, the suspension is pneumatic for maximum smoothness and absorption capacity of the irregularities of the roads in the cities, and with its electronic control it can also be adjusted. The TodoBus bodywork includes ramps and accessibility devices for those with reduced mobility conditions.

Agrale hopes to maintain its commitment to developing models that guarantee productivity, efficiency and friendly transport for Latin American cities.

TRANSDEV SIGNS AN AGREEMENT FOR E-BUSES IN COLOMBIA FOR 874 MILLION EUROS

Colombiabus Newsroom – Transdev France

THE FRENCH ARE EXPANDING IN LATIN AMERICA

The French multinational mobility company Transdev, through its Colombian subsidiary, holds 50% of the shareholding who was awarded the provision and operation of 406 electric buses in Bogotá, for functional units 6 and 17 in the town of Fontibón. Through the contract signed with Transmilenio that amounts to 874 million euros. This contract is an important step in a large-scale development of the European company to make a transition to electric and sustainable fleets.

Transdev’s participation in Colombia is not new, since it has a 20-year presence in Bogotá together with its Colombian partner Fanalca in TransMilenio, the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system that mobilizes the most people in the world, the French company expects to have operational the largest electric bus fleet in Latin America, with 406 electric buses with BYD chassis, whose bodies will be assembled in Colombia by Superpolo.

The fleet of electric buses will be made up of a combination of 272 9-meter local buses and 134 12-meter zonal buses respectively. The buses will serve the zonal component of Transmilenio along 15 routes in the town of Fontibón. In this area of ​​the city, Transdev and Fanalca will jointly build the largest electrical installation in South America. It will be a bus station of more than 40,000 m² where it will be possible to park, maintain and load all the vehicles covered by the contract.

“With this huge electric bus contract in Bogotá, Transdev is fulfilling its ambition to transition its bus fleets to zero emissions in Colombia and globally. We are proud to continue serving Bogotá where we have been successfully operating much of the TransMilenio with our BRT systems. I am convinced that, for large urban areas, there is no way to avoid the mass deployment of sustainable mobility solutions, including biofuels, electric batteries and, ultimately, hydrogen electric fleets and fuel cells,” Thierry Mallet, President and CEO of Transdev Group.

These new e-buses, which will replace a 20-year-old traditional public transport diesel fleet, will greatly reduce polluting emissions from public transport, improve local air quality, and optimize Colombia’s overall capacity to cope with the transition of energy towards other modes of transport. By the end of 2020, Transdev and Fanalca were operating some 660 articulated and bi-articulated buses for the trunk component of Transmilenio and additionally, the 163 cabins of the acclaimed TransMiCable urban cable system. With this new contract, by the end of 2021, Transdev and Fanalca will jointly operate 1,067 buses in Bogotá, reinforcing an operation that the previous year generated total sales of 95 million euros and employed a workforce of 2,750 people.

VOLVO BUSES STARTS TESTING THE 7900 ELECTRIC IN MEXICO CITY

Colombiabus Newsroom – William Marroquín

THE BUS WILL TEST ON LINE 4 OF THE METROBÚS SYSTEM

All city governments seek solutions to the challenges that arise due to climate change and passenger transport is in the eye of the hurricane, since a lot is required of this activity as it must offer sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. If we talk about Mexico City, the challenge is bigger, since it is the fifth most populated city in the world, with about 22 million inhabitants.

To respond to these challenges, Volvo has arrived in the Mexican metropolis with an innovative solution that is faithful to the premises of every bus of the Swedish brand, such as respect for the environment, quality and safety. That is why a 12-meter Volvo 7900 electric bus has been brought to Mexico City, which has begun tests on Metrobús Line 4, the BRT transport system of the huge Latin American city.

Line 4 of the Mexico City bus system is a line that is characterized by light and open stations, which by having to cross through the Historic Center respect its urban environment. It should be noted that in this line the first hybrid buses were released in Mexico, which began their operation in April 2012, with 54 vehicles of the Volvo 7700 model, which stood out for their low floor and a very low consumption diesel engine combined with a generator electric that delivered minimal noise and emissions. The line has connected important points such as Buenavista, Zócalo, Alameda Central, La Merced, the TAPO Bus Terminal and the International Airport.

The 7900 bus is capable of transporting up to 95 passengers (sitting and standing), it has a recharging system through CCS-type connectors to replenish power at night, when the operation ends and the bus is at its terminal. It delivers 330Kw of power, the rear axle is provided by ZF and to ensure occupant safety it has disc brakes, ABS, EBS, ASR traction control, hill start assist, ESP stability program and can also include the telematics systems solutions such as the Safe Zones package.

In this way, Volvo Buses hopes to continue with electromobility projects in cities and have a new success story, in this case in Latin American cities. With this commitment, Volvo frames the launch of its electric bus under the #CiudadCero concept, with which it seeks to promote the transition towards levels of zero traffic, zero accidents, zero noise and zero emissions.

CRECE EL OPTIMISMO POR LA CELEBRACIÓN DE BUSWORLD EUROPE EN OCTUBRE DE 2021

Redacción Colombiabus

YA ESTÁ VENDIDO EL 75% DE LOS ESPACIOS DISPONIBLES

En el viejo continente parece que lo peor ya pasó y todo apunta a que pronto se llegará al punto de inflexión para tomar el camino hacia arriba de la recuperación, la reactivación y la nueva normalidad; mientras tanto, en otras partes del mundo la contención del virus va avanzando. Por eso, no queda más camino que seguir hacia adelante y el equipo de Busworld lo sabe, por eso se han tomado las cosas muy en serio y los preparativos para lo que será la celebración de los 50 años de la organización y la cita en Bruselas, del 9 al 14 de octubre de 2021.

La preparación sigue sin detenerse, las campañas de medios se están reservando y comenzarán en abril. Asimismo la organización de Busworld Awards ya tuvo su primera reunión y enviará las invitaciones a todos los fabricantes de autobuses. Mientras tanto, el departamento de ventas sigue agregando nuevos expositores, cada día para seguir ocupando los espacios que quedan disponibles en el recinto de Brussels Expo, en Bruselas.

Daimler Buses y Volvo Buses, dos nombres importantes de la industria del autobús a nivel mundial, han confirmado oficialmente que no participarán en la próxima edición de Busworld Europe. Sin embargo, los grandes fabricantes como VanHool, MAN, Scania, Irizar, Iveco, Solaris, Anadolu Isuzu, BYD, Alexander Dennis, EBusco, Caetano Bus (con Toyota), Yutong, Marcopolo y otros ya confirmaron su presencia.

Nombres importantes de la industria de componentes y que participan de la mano con los fabricantes de autobuses como Thermo King, ZF, Allison Transmission, Denso, Continental, Bosch, Siemens y Valeo, por mencionar algunos, también reservaron su espacio y estarán presentes en Busworld Europe. Carroceros como Beulas, Ferqui, Unvi, Auto Cuby, Erener, Erduman, Guleryuz, Indcar e Integralia también se alistan para presentar sus mejores creaciones.

Solamente los carroceros y constructores de autobuses, representan 30.000 metros cuadrados en Brussels Expo. Muchos estrenos y los mejores autobuses, autocares y minibuses estarán en exhibición, como siempre. A la fecha, Busworld registra 303 expositores y ha vendido el 75% de su espacio total, las marcas que quieran presentarse no deberían posponer su decisión para no quedarse por fuera de la cita.

“Estamos muy agradecidos con nuestros leales expositores que nos brindan su confianza. Nos aseguraremos de que no se arrepientan de estar junto a nosotros. El Dr. Nicholas Butler dijo una vez: «El optimismo es esencial para los logros y también es la base del coraje y el verdadero progreso». Estamos trabajando e invirtiendo por nuestra parte para que los autobuses y autocares vuelvan a circular, junto con nuestros valientes expositores y nuestra red mundial. Gracias por todo el apoyo.
¡Nos vemos en octubre!» Declaró muy emocionada Mieke Glorieux, Directora de Busworld Europa.