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HIGER PRESENTS ITS FIRST AZURE LINE ELECTRIC BUS FOR LATIN AMERICA

TRIALS IN SAO PAULO WILL LAST 6 MONTHS

Colombiabus newsroom – Higer Latinamerica / William Marroquín

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIGER PRESENTS ITS FIRST ELECTRIC BUS OF THE AZURE LINE FOR LATIN AMERICA

TESTS IN SAO PAULO WILL LAST 6 MONTHS

Colombiabus newsroom – Higer Latinamerica / William Marroquín

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIGER BUS WOULD ASSEMBLE BUSES IN BRAZIL AND STUDY OTHER LATIN COUNTRIES

Colombiabus Newsroom – Portal Movilidad

THEY HAVE ALSO EVALUATED OPTIONS FOR TRANSMILENIO

Higer Bus is one of the main Chinese bus builders and was established in 1998, it belongs to the same business group that owns the King Long and Golden Dragon brands, being capable of producing about 35,000 buses per year of all technologies (diesel, gas, electrical and fuel cell). Likewise, it has maintained the alliance with Scania with which they manufacture 10,000 vehicles per year.

This alliance continues to consolidate and is now taking another step with the Azure line, designed with technical support from Scania, with 100% electric technology, concentrating for the moment on the Brazilian market. Although they are preparing the development to have the version powered by hydrogen. Currently, the Chinese firm has electric models that range up to 18 meters and with developments in the Latin American nation of 23-meter bi-articulated and 15-meter standards with double rear axles.

However, they recognize that they have a disadvantage compared to other Chinese brands such as BYD, Yutong and even their King Long cousins, who have taken steps in Latin America not only with electric vehicles. “We are a bit behind in Latin America, our introductory force today is Brazil, which has a very fast absorption capacity and good prospects for the next few years,” said Marcello Barella, Higer’s Director for South America.

The idea is to participate in the fleet renewal plan of the city of Sao Pablo, which by 2034 estimates a replacement of 1,200 buses per year. They also hope to participate in electromobility projects in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, although it will depend on alliances with energy providers such as Enel or Engie, which are the main investors.

“In the case of Transmilenio, we talk a lot with companies, but the problem in South America is not the type or what brand, it is financing. Without an investment group that accompanies the manufacturers, it is very difficult to enter the markets”, Barella mentioned to Portal Movilidad.

HIGER BUS ENSAMBLARÍA BUSES EN BRASIL Y ESTUDIA OTROS PAÍSES LATINOS

Redacción Colombiabus – Portal Movilidad

TAMBIÉN HAN EVALUADO OPCIONES PARA TRANSMILENIO

Higer Bus es uno de los principales constructores de buses Chinos y se estableció en 1998, pertenece al mismo grupo empresarial dueño de las marcas King Long y Golden Dragon, siendo capaz de producir unos 35.000 buses al año de todas las tecnologías (diésel, gas, eléctricos y celda de combustible). Asimismo, ha mantenido la alianza con Scania con la que fabrican 10.000 vehículos al año.

Esa alianza sigue consolidándose y ahora da otro paso con la línea Azure, diseñada con soporte técnico de Scania, con tecnología 100% eléctrica, concentrándose de momento en el mercado brasilero. Aunque están preparando el desarrollo para contar con la versión propulsada por hidrógeno. Actualmente la firma china cuenta con modelos eléctricos que van hasta los 18 metros y con desarrollos en la nación latinoamericana de biarticulados de 23 metros y padrones de 15 metros con doble eje trasero.

No obstante, reconocen que tienen una desventaja frente a otras marcas chinas como BYD, Yutong e inclusos sus primos hermanos de King Long, que han dado pasos en Latinoamérica no sólo con vehículos eléctricos. “Estamos un poco atrasados en Latinoamérica, nuestra fuerza de introducción hoy en día es Brasil que tiene una capacidad de absorción muy rápida y buenas perspectivas para los próximos años”, manifestó Marcello Barella, Director para Sudamérica de Higer.

La idea es participar del plan de renovación de flota de la ciudad de Sao Pablo que hacia 2034 estima un recambio de 1200 buses por año. Asimismo, esperan participar en proyectos de electromovilidad en países como Argentina, Chile, Colombia, México y Perú, aunque dependerá de alianzas con proveedores de energía como Enel o Engie que son los principales inversores.

“Para el caso de Transmilenio, hablamos mucho con empresas, pero el problema en Sudamérica no es el tipo ni qué marca, es la financiación. Sin un grupo inversor que acompañe a los fabricantes es muy difícil entrar a los mercados”, mencionó Barella a Portal Movilidad.