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VOLVO IS LOOKING FOR BODYWORKERS FOR THE E-BUSES IT EXPECTS TO SELL IN MEXICO

MUST FIT 7900 ELECTRIC CHASSIS

 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.

MEXICO’S ESTRELLA BLANCA WILL RECEIVE 200 NEW IRIZAR ROAD BUSES

THEY CHOSE THE IRIZAR i8 OVER VOLVO AND SCANIA CHASSIS

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.

THE FIRST URBAN ELECTRIC BUS ROUTE IN MEXICO BEGINS OPERATION

 Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín

GUADALAJARA ADVANTAGE IN ELECTRIFICATION IN MEXICO

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.

READY FOR E-MOBILITY: EBERSPAECHER PRODUCES AC SYSTEMS FOR ELECTRIC BUSES IN MEXICO

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.”

DINA PREPARES ITS ELECTRIC BUS BASED ON THE SILUX PLATFORM

Colombiabus newsroom.

THE MODEL SHOULD BE READY BY MID 2022

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.

SCANIA DELIVERIES ITS FIRST LARGE BUS ORDER IN MEXICO WITH IRIZAR I5

Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín /Scania México

THE ORDER WAS DELIVERED TO THE YELLOW ARROW GROUP

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.

MERCEDES-BENZ TOGETHER WITH AYCO PRESENT THE NEW ZAFIRO GT IN MEXICO

Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / Mercedes-Benz México

AN EVOLUTION FOR URBAN SERVICE

It has been 27 years since Mercedes-Benz buses arrived in Mexico, with the desire to become a leader in the passenger segment, as it did in several Latin American countries. Since then, about 91,000 buses of different configurations have been sold to date, with the models with delayed driving and the front model being one of the preferred ones by urban and business transport operators in Mexico.

Precisely on this bus archetype, the local manufacturer Autopartes y Componentes (AYCO), has presented its new creation Zafiro GT, which seeks to be the king of urban buses, working together with Mercedes-Benz. The main changes are identified in the front, where it was sought to give it a more aggressive front with a larger louver that contributes to the air flow that the propeller needs. Access to the engine was improved, where the mounts are maintenance free.

It is also accompanied by a new set of LED front optical units, sequential turn signals and a redesigned bumper. The rear part did not have major variations, while in the interior there were several changes that affect the driving position: upper console, instrument panel and its cluster are newly designed to make them more comfortable in daily operation. Work was also done on the dim lighting of the passenger lounge and the router with new games also in LED.

The door leaves now offer greater width to improve passenger access and exit. Special mention, the engineering work where new anchors of the body are incorporated to the chassis, structure with steel profiles covered with wood, which also allowed to save 120Kg compared to the previous Sapphire.

As mentioned at the beginning, we worked together with Mercedes-Benz to couple the body to a platform for urban transport, with the OM924LA Euro V, 4.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 210HP at 2,200 revolutions, has an auxiliary brake with on-board switch and manual transmission, it also highlights the coded key to prevent theft of electronic units. For the entry versions, the same engine is maintained, but with 182HP of power, all with a 6-speed manual transmission.

“We are very excited to present this new release together with AYCO. Drivers, passengers and investors must feel confident that they will travel in a comfortable, technological bus, of course very safe, friendly to the environment and highly profitable ». Indicated Raúl González, Director of Sales, Marketing and After-Sales of Mercedes-Benz Buses México.

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.

TESTS FOR 6 MONTHS STARTED THE VOLVO 7900 ELECTRIC IN MEXICO CITY

Colombiabus Newsroom – Volvo Buses Global

WIDE INTEREST IN LATIN AMERICA IN THE RESULTS

Volvo Buses wants to bring the good results of its experiences in Europe with electromobility solutions and is now expanding its global reach to the Latin American market by testing the Volvo 7900 electric bus in Mexico City, with tests on line 4 of the Metrobús system.

The all-electric unit is 12 meters long, features Volvo Buses’ signature technology and mitigates emissions and noise, contributing to the development of a more sustainable city. “Electromobility is not just for the future, it is here today. Demands and ambitions to reduce or minimize emissions and noise are rapidly driving this development. Now we are happy that Mexico City is joining many other cities around the world to test and then hopefully move to electrified public transport” says Anna Westerberg, President of Volvo Buses.

Volvo Buses has been present in Mexico for more than 20 years and continues to provide the most innovative solutions in sustainable mobility in the country. The goal is to deliver its electromobility technology in line with the Zero City concept, with the ambition of zero emissions, zero congestion, zero accidents and zero noise. Volvo Buses is an experienced and trusted partner for the implementation of urban electromobility solutions and systems, with a successful track record in various cities around the world over the last ten years.

The Volvo 7900 electric bus being tested in Mexico City runs on a 330 kW battery and is configured for overnight charging. The unit has a low floor, providing easy access for passengers and more efficient operation. It also has universal access for people with disabilities, with space for a wheelchair and guide dog. The bus will be subjected to the most demanding tests in real operation for six months.

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.