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Colombiabus newsroom – Scania Buses México

One of Scania’s most ambitious projects in Mexico, since its arrival in the country in 1994, is the commitment to electromobility, which has given much to talk about in recent days with the first launch for all of Latin America, of the Volt chassis built on the Urviabus model from Carrocerías Beccar, builder from the state of Jalisco.

During the presentation, the arrival of a vehicle for tests with the Mexican operators was announced. As part of the testing schedule planned by Scania, a comprehensive bus arrives in Mexico, which will be tested in the following weeks in Mexico City, where the unit’s operating data will be collected for adaptation to the Mexican market.

The bus called “Citywide” will be doing a roadshow through Latin America, with Mexico being Scania’s first market in America to reach, to later go to South America in the following months, in order to collect data from the region and produce the best electric urban chassis of the new generation from 2022.

In the last presentation by Scania and Beccar of their Volt e-Urviabus bus, the arrival of this chassis was mentioned, since a correct study of the country’s conditions is important for both brands. The Scania Volt is part of the new generation of Scania buses, completing a portfolio of sustainable and environmentally friendly buses.

Scania has focused on developing vehicles with the latest technology for the demands of the cities of the future, that is, the focus is not only on sustainable operation, but also on safety and visual systems for the driver that allow it to be more friendly to its environment. Compared to conventional vehicles, electric vehicles require a broader vision as they must consider battery configuration, operating range, power consumption, and performance.

The Scania Volt e-Urviabus will be manufactured in the first half of the following year in accordance with the demand for the product from customers, several of them today interested in introducing these technologies in several major cities in the country.



Colombiabus newsroom – Scania México

After a tough bidding process, Scania has delivered 20 buses in Mexico to the City of Mérida (Yucatán State), for its client Mobility ADO. On this occasion, the K250UB chassis with low entry has been combined with the Beccar Urviabus body, produced in the state of Jalisco. An order that confirms the great strategic vision of both the business and the customers, which the Swedish constructor has put especially in the introduction of sustainable transport solutions.

Scania was the first brand to introduce Euro VI gas engines, and now it does so with diesel engines. First in Guadalajara and now in the southeast of Mexico, promising with these units the improvement of fuel efficiency, and more time available in the operation of its customers.

On the K250UB chassis, the XPI (Ultra High-Pressure Injection) technology stands out, where the fuel feed and injection pressure is set regardless of engine speed and load, with exceptional precision. This sophisticated system continually adjusts to accommodate changes in engine speed and usage, so you can get the most out of every drop of diesel. For each cycle, it performs up to three fuel injections, with precise timing, improving performance and economy, while reducing harmful emissions.

The reduction in pollutant emissions reaches 80% less nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, compared to the same technology in Euro 5, additionally the engines are less noisy, which allows users to offer more comfortable trips. The 12.8 meter buses have a great boarding capacity for passengers, as it is a low entrance, it allows a more comfortable entry for those with reduced mobility.

Here there has been a great joint work between Scania and Beccar, taking advantage of the evolution of the Urviabus model, capable of carrying up to 100 passengers. Adapted to the needs of modern transport and city users: bicycle rack, storage baskets, Braille signage, demarcated seats for the elderly or pregnant women and access ramp for wheelchairs. The chassis offers kneeling system and electronically controlled air suspension.

The K250UB chassis has the DC09 109 engine with 250HP and 1,250Nm of torque, which reaches the wheels thanks to the ZF EcoLife 6-speed fully automatic transmission that includes a retarder. The brakes are disc, including the EBS system that controls the ABS.

Finally, an important part of this bus placement was the training that Scania gave to a group of 7 operators, including 3 women, who took a K 250 Euro V and Euro VI chassis knowledge and familiarization course, in both theoretical and practices with vehicles. The road tests carried out on the peripheral ring corridor of Mérida, locations where these buses will circulate.



Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / Pasajero 7 / Yutong Bus

It seems that Mexico now wants to be the spearhead for new mass transportation projects in Latin America, as more and more brands seek to test their vehicles in the BRT systems of the cities of the Aztec nation. Either by the start of operations or by demonstrations to the operators to evaluate the viability of their proposals and then incorporate them into the fixed line.

Yutong has been advancing very rapidly in Mexico and has generated important news at the Latin American level, first with the arrival of more than 120 trolleybuses for the country’s capital, of which it is expected to have about 500. Additionally, the tests carried out in 2020 with the 18-meter electric articulated bus, have been successful as 10 units have already been definitively incorporated into the Metrobús system of a large Mexican metropolis.

Now it is the state of Jalisco and the city of Guadalajara that receive the Yutong buses, with three models, each with different technology: natural gas, diesel and hybrid, which are only differentiated by the location of the fuel tanks, since they are of 10.8 meters in length. The first of them is the ZK6116HG, which is rolling on the routes of the Mi Transporte system.

Externally, the ZK6116HG has some features already seen in the award-winning U12 electric bus that appeared in 2019, combining straight lines and large arches, to give it a futuristic look that is complemented by sloping surfaces and rounded corners, ideal that give it a lot of eye-catching on the sides cities. While the interior allows accommodating 100 passengers with great comfort, of which 29 travel seated.

It is powered by a Yuchai origin engine of the YC6G family, dedicated to run on natural gas, with 7,800cc of displacement, 6 cylinders, turbocharged and intercooled that produces 260HP at 2,300 revolutions and 980Nm of torque between 1,300 and 1,700 revolutions. The transmission is automatic, provided by ZF of the EcoLife family, with 6 speeds and fuel saving system. It can accommodate up to 8 tanks, each with a capacity to store up to 120 liters of gas.

The suspension is pneumatic with electronic level control (ECAS) and kneeling function to improve accessibility; it also features ABS and ASR traction control. The active safety system with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic braking are options, as well as the EBS braking system.

For the occupants to have a better life on board, the USB ports, the sanitization system with UVL lamps, delimited spaces for those traveling in wheelchairs, as well as an access ramp. For maximum system reliability, the batteries have liquid cooling, the electronic control is integrated in order to reduce voltage peaks, while the electrical system is shock-proof.



Redacción Colombiabus – William Marroquín / Pasajero 7 / Yutong Bus

Parece que México quiere ser ahora la punta de lanza para los nuevos proyectos de transporte masivo en Latinoamérica, pues cada vez son más las marcas que buscan someter sus vehículos a prueba en los sistemas BRT de las ciudades de la nación azteca. Ya sea por inicio de operaciones o por demostraciones a los operadores para evaluar la viabilidad de sus propuestas y ahí sí incorporarlas, a la fija.

Yutong ha venido avanzando con gran rapidez en México y ha generado importantes noticias a nivel latinoamericano, primero con la llegada de más de 120 trolebuses para la capital del país, de los que se espera contar con cerca de 500. Adicionalmente, las pruebas realizadas en 2020 con el bus articulado eléctrico de 18 metros, han dado resultado pues ya se incorporaron 10 unidades de manera definitiva en el sistema Metrobús de gran metrópoli mexicana.

Ahora es el estado de Jalisco y la ciudad de Guadalajara quienes reciben los buses Yutong, con tres modelos, cada uno con diferente tecnología: gas natural, diésel e híbrido, que sólo se diferencian por la ubicación de los depósitos de combustible, pues son de 10,8 metros de longitud. El primero de ellos es el ZK6116HG, que está rodando en las rutas del sistema Mi Transporte.

Externamente, el ZK6116HG tiene algunos rasgos ya vistos en el premiado bus eléctrico U12 que apareció en 2019, combinando líneas rectas y grandes arcos, para darle un aspecto futurista que se complementa con superficies inclinadas y esquinas redondeadas, ideales que le dan mucha vistosidad en las ciudades. Mientras que el interior permite alojar con gran comodidad a 100 pasajeros, de los cuales 29 viajan sentados.

Está propulsado por un motor de origen Yuchai de la familia YC6G, dedicado para funcionar con gas natural, con 7.800cc de desplazamiento, 6 cilindros, turbocargado y con intercooler que produce 260HP a 2.300 revoluciones y 980Nm de torque entre 1.300 y 1.700 vueltas. La transmisión es automática, provista por ZF de la familia EcoLife con 6 velocidades y sistema de ahorro de combustible. Puede alojar hasta 8 tanques, cada uno con capacidad para almacenar hasta 120 litros de gas.

La suspensión es neumática con control electrónico de nivel (ECAS) y función de arrodillamiento para mejorar la accesibilidad; también cuenta con ABS y control de tracción ASR. El sistema de seguridad activa con control de crucero adaptativo, la alerta de cambio involuntario de carril y el frenado automático son opciones, así como el sistema EBS de frenos.

Para que los ocupantes tengan mejor vida a bordo, los puertos USB, el sistema de sanitización con lámparas UVL, espacios delimitados para quienes viajan en silla de ruedas, además de rampa de acceso. Para máxima confiabilidad de los sistemas, las baterías cuentan con refrigeración líquida, el control electrónico es integrado buscando reducir picos de voltaje, mientras que el sistema eléctrico es a prueba de descargas.



 Colombiabus newsroom – Revista Via Libre

The Volvo 7900 electric bus arrived in Mexico in 2021 to be much more than a test vehicle, for the country’s urban transport operators to evaluate it and obtain key information to make their transport electrification projects viable. Since it arrived, it has been discussed, manufacturing possibilities at the company’s plant in Tultitlán, considering that the current model that travels the country on demonstration routes has European origin, built in Poland, at the Grudziadz plant.

But it is also necessary to have bodies of local development that allow, in addition to boosting the development of the Mexican bus industry, offer versions at more competitive prices and have better weapons to face the Chinese brands that have been arriving in the country with their integral units.

That is why the Swedish manufacturer is looking for bodies that are coupled to the 7900 electric platforms, which could accompany the original Volvo. This experience is not new, since at the time the articulated 7300 had both integral versions (chassis and bodywork), in addition to options in charge of both AYCO and Marcopolo.

Rafael Kisel, general manager of Volvo Buses México, has said several times that they are looking for the equation that best responds to the needs of the Mexican market, and if in foreign buses a large part of their success has been working closely with body manufacturers Mexicans, in electric buses would be a formula to find more competitive prices.

Marcopolo is already aware of Volvo’s initiative, and they would be willing to develop an electric version of the Torino to integrate with the 7900 chassis, which could expand the collaboration between the brands to develop articulated and bi-articulated versions, which in many cases are the axis of the renewal of fleets in massive systems and BRT not only in Mexico, but throughout Latin America, as could be seen in the renewal of Transmilenio’s trunk fleet, mostly made up of 27-meter bi-articulated ones.

AYCO, could also be a candidate, considering that work has already been done with Volvo, it is also capable of coupling to other chassis, which, at least initially, could facilitate the development of a version suitable for the 7900.



Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / Marco Hernández

With more than 80 years of history, the Estrella Blanca group is one of the main bus companies in Mexico and with more than 15 famous brands in the country’s transport such as Transportes Chihuahuenses since the 1940s, Futura in the 1990s, or Select in the 21st century. Its routes cover more than 25 states of the Aztec nation.

Preparing for the economic recovery and betting on the return of travelers to road or foreign buses as they are called in Mexico, the group has finalized an order for more than 200 buses to renew its fleet. The group has again bet on Irizar and its top-of-the-range model the i8, surprising because the bodies will be mounted on two chassis brands, with Euro 6 engines.

After an exhaustive analysis, the Estrella Blanca Group chose the Volvo B13R and the Scania K500 which will be a novelty on the road for their ability to meet Euro 6 emission standards, which, although they will be a little more expensive than the current Euro 5, they generate lower consumption and emissions, allowing to offset the increase in the initial purchase price. With these orders, the group will be one of the first to make the technology change in our country, seeking to be more environmentally friendly and more efficient with Euro 6 engines.

The buses will be delivered gradually until July 2022, in the distribution of platforms will be 100 Scania and almost 20% more Volvo, which continues to be the leader in the long-distance bus market in Mexico. Also, to highlight the good result of Irizar that in the country market, has been the one that has shown the best results in the month, greeting the reactivation of road trips.


 Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín


For a few weeks, the Mexican state of Jalisco has been announcing what will be the beginning of a revolution in urban transport in Guadalajara, as the capital of the state and the connection with other neighboring cities such as Zapopan and Tonalá. A few days ago, the articulated Mercedes-Benz units began to arrive, built in Pereira by Busscar de Colombia for the Mi Macro Periférico system and since July 4, the first urban route operated 100% with electric buses, the route C98.

38 electric units manufactured in China by Sunwin, corresponding to the SWB6868BEV model, with 20 seats and a maximum capacity of 58 passengers in a length of 8.6 meters. The vehicles have a Siemens electric motor, Dana axles, air suspension and a weight of around 13,000Kg.

Route C98 in Guadalajara will cover the journey from the Periférico Norte station of Line 1 of Mi Tren, to the University Center of Tonalá (CuTonalá). They will be conducted by 43 women and 36 men, who for three weeks received training to become part of the personnel that will serve in these units and become familiar with the new technology. Additionally, they will have a collection system through the My Mobility card.

These buses also run in countries such as Pakistan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Colombia. They are units that generate five times less noise than other diesel or gas buses, are more comfortable, have air conditioning and have an integrated ultraviolet disinfection system, and are low-floor for great accessibility.

Mi Transporte Eléctrico is part of the Integrated Mobility Model in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area made up of lines 1, 2 and 3 of Mi Tren, the units of Mi Transporte, Mi Macro Calzada and soon Mi Macro Periférico, as well as the bicycle system public MiBici. This C98 route has a frequency of every 12 minutes, and the complete route from point to point takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Starting the first service at 5:00 and the last at 22:20

The current demand for the corridor is 12,500 passengers per day, but the system is capable of increasing the capacity to 15,000 people by connecting the route with the airport and even mobilizing 20,000 people. This is the first step to reach the goal by 2030 to renew 100% of public transport units with low-emission technology operating under new, more efficient user service schemes.


Colombiabus newsroom – Eberspaecher

First manufacturer of all-electric bus AC systems in Mexico and Central America

In line with its corporate strategy, Eberspaecher is committed to contribute to a Clean Mobility. Therefore, the thermal management expert supports bus manufacturers and fleet operators in further promoting electric mobility in their passenger transport systems with its AC136 AE (All-Electric) product family. Since 2021, the air-conditioning system is produced in the Eberspaecher production plant in Monterrey, Mexico, to supply customers from Central and North America. Eberspaecher Mexico is the first manufacturer in Central America producing AC systems for electric buses. 

In line with its strategy to move towards a Clean Mobility and the increasing demand for e-mobility and related thermal management systems going with it, Eberspaecher´s Bus and Coach Business Unit  integrated the production of its AC136 AE (All-Electric) parallel roof-mounted air-conditioning system to the Eberspaecher production plant in Monterrey, Mexico. This production line was built to supply the company’s Central and North American customers. Production started in March this year. With this step, Eberspaecher is Central America’s first manufacturer that produces air-conditioning systems for electric buses.

First shipment of air-conditioning systems for electric buses

In April, Eberspaecher delivered the first AC136 G3 AE units produced in Mexico used for electric buses to one of their most important customers in the USA. The AC136 G3 AE is an electric roof-mounted air-conditioning system dedicated to hybrid and electric buses. The product family convince with an outstanding performance, lightweight housing aluminum evaporator and tubes, as well as the high efficiency with low energy consumption.

Miguel Vallejo, General Manager of Eberspaecher in Mexico, says: “With the first assembly line for all-electric AC systems, Eberspaecher is a pioneer in Mexico and Central America. We are proud to act as the Eberspaecher production and exportation platform of these AC systems for Central and North America. This step reaffirms our corporate motto “DRIVING THE MOBILITY OF TOMORROW“, and endorses our leadership position in Mexico and Latin America in producing new technologies for the Clean Mobility of the future.”


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In 2017, DINA, the Mexican bus and truck builder, presented the Silux model that sought to revolutionize the country’s technology and offer new sustainable transport solutions, under the concept of the Integrated Light System. This is a form of construction that seeks to make vehicles lighter and additionally equipped with natural gas-powered engines.

Now this model is the basis with which DINA hopes to enter the world of electromobility, preparing a bus that is expected to operate in the mass transit system of Mexico City. It takes advantage of a base where about 15 million dollars were invested at the time to present the first models of 9 and 11 meters, but now they will be able to receive the electric generators.

For this, DINA works together with the experts from Industrial Power, a Mexican company that has a history of more than 110 years, accompanying the electrical development in the country and more than 70 building electric motors. Two years ago it started the development of its business line oriented to electromobility, offering the complete powertrain.

It has the largest battery testing laboratory in Latin America, and with the support of multilateral banks it has developed projects with Chinese manufacturers for last-mile electric vehicles. It is expected that DINA’s new electric bus can enter the competition to be the supplier of the city’s first electric corridor, which will have 260 buses.


Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín /Scania México


It has been mentioned many times about how difficult the year 2020 was and the same behavior so far in 2021 for the bus industry in its different road modalities around the world. Mexico has not been immune to this situation either, with significant reductions in passenger demand and, of course, in orders for new vehicles to update the companies’ fleets.

That is why it is important to highlight deliveries such as the one that Scania has made in the Aztec country, attending an order for 17 units for the Flecha Amarilla Group. The transporter has chosen the combination of the K400IB 4X2 chassis and the Irizar i5 body and will be operating under the Unebus brand, dedicated to intercity services with small stations, in the state of Guanajuato.

The buses are diesel and comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard, which is achieved thanks to the SCR post-treatment system, using urea as an additive to enable chemical reactions to release the least amount of pollutants. It is a 12.7-liter engine well known throughout Latin America and even very strong in road buses larger than 12 meters in countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. For Mexico, they are offered with the Opticruise 12-speed transmission and wheels in size 315/80 R22.5

For the Yellow Arrow group and its brands, safety is also important and that is why Scania has incorporated the ADAS package that includes Adaptive Intelligent Cruise Control (AICC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) that are complemented by other well-known systems such as EBS brakes and the ESP stability program. This equipment allows you to minimize the risks on the route, protect more to all road users and make trips safer.

For its part, the Irizar i5 model was launched in 2009 in Mexico, based on the i4 that is offered in other markets for interurban and commuter transport, designed to be built on various platforms, although most operators have chosen Scania. They are equipped with 42 reclining seats, Hispacold air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet connection, USB outlets for charging devices and bike racks. The i5 model was the best-selling of the Spanish brand in 2020, followed by the i6 and its largest coach, the i8.

Founded in 1932 in the city of León, the Flecha Amarilla Group is one of the largest land transportation companies in Mexico, mobilizing about 2,400 buses, employing almost 9,800 people serving medium and long distance passenger services with Primera Plus, interurban with Unebus and Coordinados, suburban in Guanajuato and Querétaro, urban in León, business with Boarding, bus rental and tourist services with Ttur and Tapatío Tour, parcel services and operation of fast food franchises in their terminals.