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FLIXBUS INICIA EN EUROPA RUTAS DE CARRETERA con BUSES MOVIDOS por BIOGAS

Redacción Colombiabus – The News Market / William Marroquín

SCANIA INTERLINK E IVECO CROSSWAY SON LOS ELEGIDOS

FlixBus, la marca alemana que ha revolucionado el transporte de pasajeros en autobús en la Unión Europea y otros países, teniendo un modelo de alta eficiencia sin ser propietaria de los buses ni administradora de sus conductores, ha dado un nuevo paso hacia la movilidad sustentable en los autobuses de carretera. Lo anterior, gracias a la elección de las versiones con motores propulsados por biogas natural licuado y biometano, disponibles en los modelos Interlink de Scania y Crossway de Iveco, respectivamente.

Los nuevos buses con características sustentables, serán asignados a las rutas internacionales Amsterdam-Bruselas de aproximadamente 210 kilómetros de longitud que se recorre en algo menos de tres horas y también en el trayecto Oslo-Estocolmo, uniendo las capitales de Noruega y Suecia, en un recorrido de 520Km, que tarda cerca de seis horas en completarse.

La ruta para unir las capitales de Bélgica y los Países Bajos, será atendida con los buses Iveco Crossway propulsados con biometano o BioCNG, cuyo combustible será suministrado por la neerlandesa OrangeGas. El biogás es la versión sostenible del CNG (gas natural comprimido) y se obtiene del tratamiento de aguas residuales, tratamiento de residuos y residuos verdes. OrangeGas solo vende biogás 100% en todas sus estaciones de servicio, distribuyendo uno de los combustibles más limpios del mercado. Un vehículo con esta tipología, emite un 90% menos de carbono en comparación con uno diésel.

El Crossway con su tecnología Natural Power, tiene una longitud de 13 metros y está equipado con cuatro tanques cuya capacidad combinada es de 333 galones (1.260 litros) de combustible. Están impulsados por la última generación del motor FPT Cursor 9, que entrega 360HP de potencia y 1.620Nm de torque, con el mismo desempeño del motor diésel pudiendo transportar hasta 63 pasajeros.

Destaca su gran autonomía, que le permite alcanzar hasta 630Kilómetros. Estos buses Iveco asignados a esta ruta, la atenderán diariamente, con dos frecuencias desde cada ciudad y harán los recorridos durante tres años.

Por su parte en Escandinavia, FlixBus ha elegido a la finlandesa Gasum, que producirá el Biogas licuado, un energético de reciente desarrollo que no tiene ningún componente de combustible fósil en su composición y en su proceso de producción son enfriados hasta obtener un estado líquido. Este BioLNG, también permite lograr una reducción de hasta el 90% en las emisiones de carbono, además de un mínimo ruido y material particulado, por lo que se es una alternativa ideal en transporte de media y larga distancia.

En esta zona de Europa, FlixBus optará por el Scania Interlink, con su motor de 9 litros, capaz de producir hasta 320HP de potencia y 1.500Nm de torque. Esta tecnología le permite a los operadores, moverse rápidamente a formas más limpias de movilización, sin incurrir en grandes costos tanto de los vehículos como de la infraestructura de patios, y además garantizando una buena autonomía para un transporte eficiente.

Gasum tiene una amplia red de estaciones en Finlandia, Suecia y Noruega permitiendo el reabastecimiento del combustible con facilidad en los tres países, además está aumentando la cantidad de puntos de servicio. Así FlixMobility, propietaria de FlixBus, se acerca a su visión de ofrecer movilidad sostenible a todos sus usuarios y estar preparada con soluciones nuevas para impulsar el resurgimiento de los viajes por carretera.

166 NEW KING LONG BUSES ARRIVE IN MEXICO MOVED WITH CNG

Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín

THE BUSES WILL OPERATE IN THE STATE OF JALISCO

Two years ago, the Chinese manufacturer King Long had delivered an order for 170 gas buses for the city of Querétaro and thanks to the good result of the operation, the way has been opened again for the brand to send a new batch of important size, for another Mexican state, in this case Jalisco.

166 new buses have arrived to operate in Guadalajara, the second-largest city in Mexico. This lot of King Long gas buses comprises 61 units of 9 meters; 75 vehicles are 10 meters long and the remaining 30 are 12 meters long. Powered primarily by a very low monoxide, particulate matter, and fairly quiet 6.7-liter ISB-G family Cummins engine. They offer as an advantage the possibility of operating with biomethane or renewable natural gas, to reinforce their character as sustainable buses.

The Chinese manufacturer was able to complete the delivery of the 166 bus units to its operator in just 60 days. To adapt to the harsh road conditions and high altitudes of the city, King Long buses have made a number of adaptations and fully comply with local laws and regulations. They have added flashing lights as a warning system to both pedestrians, and other road users, and are equipped with bike racks to encourage low-carbon travel.

To improve the management of all vehicles, King Long buses have monitoring systems to regulate the driving behaviors of bus drivers. Furthermore, the smart system developed independently by the bus manufacturer enables bus operators to manage their fleet more efficiently.

These buses are part of the fleet renewal of the «Mi Transporte» public transport system in the state of Jalisco, where nearly 200 vehicles with propellants capable of meeting Euro V and Euro VI emission standards were released in 2020.

MADRID WILL BUY 520 NEW CNG AND 50 ELECTRIC BUSES IN 3 YEARS

Colombiabus Newsroom – EMT Madrid

EMT MADRID WILL INVEST 177 MILLION EUROS

The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) is a company that belongs to the City Council of the Spanish capital and is in charge of managing the mobility of the city in the different means of transport: bicycles, cable car, municipal cranes, public parking lots and of course, city buses.

EMT recently held the tender to acquire 520 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023, in addition to the purchase of 50 new electric buses. These orders will help to further renew the fleet in the Spanish capital, removing the oldest and most polluting vehicles from the municipal company. These new fleet orders are aligned with the announcements of the Madrid City Council, whereas of January 2023, EMT will not provide service with diesel buses and its entire fleet will be made up of electric, natural gas and hybrid vehicles.

The awarding of the CNG buses, which had a basic tender budget of 161.2 million euros, will ultimately involve an investment of 151.5 million euros. The procedure has been divided into three lots: the first, for 250 buses, has been awarded to Solaris Bus with the Urbino CNG model; the second, of 170 buses, has gone to Scania and its Scania N280 CNG Castrosúa model and the third batch, of 100 vehicles, has been awarded to Evobus with the Mercedes Citaro CNG model.

The delivery of the 520 buses will take place in three years: the first 190 buses of this acquisition will arrive in 2021, in 2022 another 200 buses will be added and in 2023 another 130 vehicles will be received. With this delivery schedule, the 383 diesel buses that the municipal company currently has can be withdrawn from service. This year 250 vehicles will stop operating and next year, the remaining 133.

On the other hand, the award of the electric buses will involve an investment of 25.9 million euros. The procedure has been divided into two lots: the first, of 30 standard electric buses, which will be assigned to Irizar and its ieBUS model, and the second, of another 20 units, will correspond to the BYD K9UB bus. With this order, the electric fleet will grow to 179 units at the end of this year and the electrification of 8.6% of the EMT park will be achieved.

Currently, the EMT Madrid fleet is one of the most modern in Europe, with an average age of 5.75 years and vehicles that incorporate the latest technological advances in terms of safety, comfort, environmental requirements and accessibility.

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.

WORLD’S LARGEST FLEET OF URBAN CNG EURO VI BUSES IN BOGOTÁ

Colombiabus newsroom. By William Marroquín.

211 NEW BUSES ARRIVES FOR THE GRAN AMERICAS OPERATOR

The modernization of transport in Bogotá and the renewal of the entire bus fleet continue to advance, aiming to replace the traditional bus system that only has one year left. The pandemic has not slowed down the process of delivering and replacing vehicles, to offer all citizens of the Colombian capital a dignified and friendly transportation with modern, comfortable, safe and productive vehicles.

For this reason, Gran Americas, a bus operator in the southeast of Bogotá, began serving the routes of 7 regional services since January 16 that will benefit nearly 35,000 inhabitants of this town. These are 211 standard Scania K280CNG buses that reaffirm the progress of the Swedish manufacturer and its work in the development of natural CNG technologies that allow it to fulfill the commitment to provide benefits, be friendly to the environment and offer solutions for cities.

The vehicles feature air suspension with electronic level control, ABS brakes and the full suite of solutions that Scania’s connected services provide. «With these units we completed 1,467 Euro VI CNG buses, which we have delivered, there are 311 additional buses remaining, which makes Bogotá the city with the largest CNG bus fleet in the world » As Juan Carlos Ocampo said, General Manager of Scania Colombia.

The 12-meter long buses are designed to transport up to 80 passengers (including seated and standing), builded in Pereira, Colombia by Busscar Colombia, which also have lifting mechanisms to facilitate accessibility to people in mobility reduced condition. The body model is the legendary Urbanuss Pluss, a great protagonist of massive systems both in Colombia and in different Latin American cities, a model that has evolved over 20 years. «We not only transport dreams in this alliance, we are teamwork, social commitment and we are very grateful to Bogotá and its citizens, since a large part of our suppliers are from the capital.» Roberto Gálvez Montealegre, President of Busscar de Colombia, declared.

Work has been done to improve the travel experience, seeking to win back users and invite them to use the buses, take care of them and enjoy them. That is why they have included additional comfort and safety elements such as WiFi Internet connection, electrical outlets and additionally they have information screens so that travelers can identify the stops and the different routes of the route. Likewise, it has surveillance cameras to increase the safety of passengers during the trip, provided by MET Group, a Pereiran company that has worked hand in hand with Busscar Colombia.

Finally, to ensure the correct supply of fuel, the Vanti Group (Colombian company dedicated to the provision of the domestic public service of distribution and commercialization of natural gas in the country) worked on the construction of a new station that allows the refueling of CNG. A job that involved extending the pipeline network for about three kilometers and that allows the station, which three compressors and a storage capacity of 5,000 cubic meters, to fill the tanks of each bus in about seven minutes and represented an investment close to 11,000 million Colombian pesos (More than €2,600,000)