Archivo de la etiqueta: Sustainable Bus


Colombiabus Newsroom – Vivipra / William Marroquín


The race for leadership in electromobility in public transport in Latin America is far from defining a winner, although it can be mentioned that some countries in the region have taken the lead in different segments of passenger mobilization. Chile is currently the country with the largest fleet of urban electric buses operating in the capital Santiago, although it will soon lose that distinction at the hands of Bogotá, which expects to have more than 1,500 vehicles of this type.

However, in road mobilization, since 2019 the country became the pioneer in the incorporation of electric road buses, starting with a joint project between TurBus (one of the main passenger transport companies in the country), Vivipra (representative from the Chinese manufacturer King Long) and Copec Voltex (a division of Copec dedicated to electromobility). It has been followed by companies such as Tandem, Buses Hualpen, Viggo, among others, who use it on regular routes or to transport personnel.

A few days ago, a very important delivery took place commissioned by the Anglo-American mining company, which seeks to reduce the carbon footprint in all aspects and being the extraction of minerals, the main economic activity in Chile, it should be the leader in that energy transition. For this reason, the operator Transportes Hualpen launched 17 electric buses to mobilize the personnel that work in the mine, although the plans are quite ambitious, because it is expected to have 50 buses that will replace an equal number of diesel vehicles.

The 17 King Long XMQ6130EYWE5 buses with a length of 13 meters, with the capacity to carry 44 passengers that are transported to the Los Bronces mining complex, located on the edge of Valparaíso and the Metropolitan region of Santiago. They are equipped with a pack of 10 batteries that allow to accumulate 314KWh that grant an autonomy of up to 250Km without recharging. You can also save when riding between 5 and 10 km / h since it does not consume load, electric generators provide a maximum power of 350Kw (469HP).

They are equipped with all the comfort features of a road bus such as air conditioning, reclining seats with their seat belts, toilet, WiFi internet connection, electrical outlets and environmental entertainment screens for the well-being of the workers. On the other hand, the 17 vehicles have systems for mitigating Covid-19 transmitting agents, including the screening tower, gel dispensers, as well as separation of the driver and passengers.

También cuentan con el sistema avanzado de asistencia al conductor, que comprende el control de crucero adaptativo, las advertencias de cambio involuntario de carril y el sistema de frenado de emergencia automático. Adicionalmente se le incluyó el detector de fatiga y las cámaras 360 en el exterior y las que captan imágenes del salón de pasajeros. A través de los sensores instalados por todos los autobuses y la información que recoge el GPS se registran todos los parámetros de operación, permitiendo el monitoreo del vehículo a través del centro de control que está atento 24/7.

They also feature the advanced driver assistance system, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, the fatigue detector and 360 cameras on the exterior and those that capture images of the passenger lounge were included. Through the sensors installed by all buses and the information collected by the GPS, all operating parameters are recorded, allowing the vehicle to be monitored through the control center that is attentive 24/7.

“This fleet will be a great contribution that will reduce emissions, reduce noise pollution and fuel consumption. In addition, it will provide greater comfort to our workers, since traveling in these buses is completely silent and without engine vibrations”, expressed Aaron Puna, Executive President of Anglo-American Chile.

This Chinese brand reaffirms itself as a leader in the segment of electric road buses in Latin America.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Portal Movilidad


A few months ago, the MiBus system in Panama reported that it had approval to buy 35 electric midibuses and an additional 160 powered by diesel or natural gas. The process had some delays, following the recommendations of the Inter-American Development Bank and C40 Cities who carried out additional analyzes of technical, operational and financial feasibility that would leave the door open to incorporate more electric buses.

The results of these studies include recommendations such as evaluating a new scenario where medium and large units are combined based on the fact that, in some routes where they would be inserted, the medium ones would not be so profitable due to autonomy. The studies analyzed the operation with large buses and electric midis, in addition to buses with internal combustion engines.

“The acquisition will probably be in phases, for example 100 in the first and about 100 or 50 in a second and third stage. That is one of the details to be defined, but we are sure that it will be more than 35”. Indicated Luis Camapana, General Manager of MiBus

Another key issue is the financial scheme to guarantee the purchase of the buses, which must be defined for the presentation of the bidding conditions in April. It seeks to include acquisition and maintenance, or with an operating lease where MiBus continues as manager, and the contractor is in charge of supporting the buses in exchange for their monthly payment.

The charging infrastructure must be in charge of whoever provides the buses, responding for the electrical installations and chargers in a place that MiBus must assign. It should be remembered that the company is operating two 100% electric buses provided by BYD to evaluate the operation and performance of the units.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Portal Movilidad


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.


Colombiabus Newsroom – The New Barcelona Post


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.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Transdev France


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.


Colombiabus Newsroom – William Marroquín


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.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Irizar eMobility


Irizar e-mobility, the Irizar Group division dedicated to electromobility created in 2018, has started 2021 with recognitions, both for the electric ieTruck, as well as the new generation 12-meter long ieBus, which has been awarded the award Bus of the Year 2021 in Spain.

The distinction, awarded by the Editec Group (owner of the prestigious Viajeros y Transporte3 magazines) and the jury, made up of a large representation of urban transport operators, gives this award to Irizar e-mobility vehicles. In 2015, the so-called i2e, obtained this recognition and three years later, in 2018, the Irizar ieTram was worthy of this distinction.

«Starting the year receiving both awards fills us with pride and satisfaction,» Imanol Rego, General Director of Irizar e-mobility says. «This recognition is the result of the commitment we have made in recent years to technology, innovation and sustainability in all kinds of applications.» The bus was presented for the first time in 2014 and runs on the routes of different European cities such as Madrid, London, Marseille, Genoa or Luxembourg, among others.


In 2019, the European Busworld event in Brussels was used to present the new generation of the 12 m long Irizar iE bus for the first time. A 100% electric, zero emissions bus that offers a sustainable urban mobility solution to respond to the transport needs of the city.

In addition to an attractive aesthetic design, this new generation, available in 10, 12, 15 and 18 meters, incorporates an evolution of its battery packs. Space has been optimized and, consequently, greater passenger capacity and greater modularity.

The new generation of more efficient batteries in combination with a brake regeneration system, further reduce consumption, also offering greater autonomy for the vehicle. The new Irizar ie bus offers up to five positions of interoperable slow charging points using a combo 2 hose. The slow charging of the vehicle takes 3 hours, but there is also the option to perform a fast charge by pantograph. The charging power can vary from 50 kW to 600 kW.


Redacción Colombiabus – BYD Brasil


BYD, líder mundial en vehículos eléctricos, entregó en Brasil el primer autobús eléctrico que será alimentado 100% por energía solar, para la empresa de energía EDP, una de las mayores del país. Concebido en UTE Pecém, en Ceará, el modelo cuenta con un conjunto de baterías que garantizan la autonomía de hasta 300Km. El intercambio de combustible fósil por una fuente 100% limpia es un esfuerzo más del complejo de generación termoeléctrica UTE Pecém para volverse cada vez más sostenible. El vehículo se utilizará para transportar empleados entre Fortaleza y São Gonçalo do Amarante, donde se encuentra la planta térmica de EDP, cubriendo una distancia cercana a los 70Km.

Las baterías se recargan en el estacionamiento de la empresa mediante paneles solares montados en un garaje especial. Para ello, se instalaron 183 paneles solares en la planta, lo que garantiza la independencia en relación a la energía generada por la instalación UTE y el sistema de distribución. Las placas cargan las baterías del autobús en los intervalos entre viajes, cuenta con carrocería Marcopolo Viaggio 1050 y es operado por Gertaxi, empresa encargada del transporte de los empleados a la planta.

El bus cuenta con dos motores que producen cada uno 110Kw, sumando una potencia combinada que equivale a 300HP, en un chasís que permite carrozar un bus con una longitud de 12,9 metros. El proyecto ayudará a reforzar la imagen de una compañía como EDP, encaminada a reinventarse y conducir la transformación energética.

La segunda fase del proyecto prevé la aplicación, en el techo del vehículo, de películas orgánicas fotovoltaicas (Organic Photovoltaic – OPV), compuestas por células capaces de generar energía eléctrica a partir de la luz solar. Por su flexibilidad, esta tecnología permite la instalación en diferentes lugares y superficies, como ventanas, muebles, puertas y paredes. Las celdas del techo del bus serán probadas en las condiciones climáticas existentes en el Nordeste, con el propósito de abastecer parte del consumo de servicios dentro del bus, como carga de celulares y otros periféricos tecnológicos.

El proyecto de EDP de un autobús 100% eléctrico alimentado por energía solar, refuerza la inversión de BYD en el segmento de transporte público. Otro proyecto piloto de la empresa, en alianza con VIX Logística, del Grupo Águia Branca, está desarrollando un sistema de recarga para flotas de buses eléctricos en Espírito Santo. El objetivo es contribuir a la mejora del transporte público en Brasil reduciendo la emisión de gases contaminantes.


Redacción Colombiabus – Portal Movilidad


El 25 de noviembre fue un día clave en el proceso que busca adjudicar los contratos tanto de provisión de flota como de operación para los 1295 buses zonales que estarán asignados a las 6 unidades funcionales de las cuales 3 corresponderán a la localidad de Fontibón y otras tres para Perdomo, Usme y San Cristóbal. En un proceso donde se han vuelto a enfrentar las tres tecnologías desde hace dos años cuando se adjudicó la renovación de la flota de las fases I y II del componente troncal de Transmilenio. Por eso hemos visto propuestas de provisión y operación con buses de tecnologías diésel Euro VI, Gas Natural Euro VI y eléctrica.

Dos suspensiones, una decretada el 14 de septiembre y otra el 19 de octubre, condujeron a la prórroga y reprogramación de actividades de un proceso que inició en julio con la invitación a los interesados y llegó una fase se evaluarán las propuestas que finalmente se elegirán en la Audiencia de Adjudicación, programada para el próximo 16 de diciembre. finalmente en la jornada de ayer se llevó a cabo el cierre y recepción de sobre único correspondientes a las licitaciones TMSA-LP-03-2020 de la prestación del servicio para el Sistema Integrado de Transporte Público – SITP-  en el componente de Provisión de Flota y TMSA-LP-04-2020 para la Operación de la Flota.

En la jornada de recepción de sobre único, los interesados entregaron sus ofertas correspondientes a los procesos TMSA-LP-03-2020 para provisión de flota y TMSA-LP-04-2020 para operación. Aunque no se conocen cuántas ofertas se entregaron, ni los proponentes, ni las tecnologías con las que participan grandes compañías han confirmado su participación como Scania, Marcopolo, Vanti, Volvo, Allison Transmission, Transdev, Busscar de Colombia, BYD, Engie, ABB, EVBox, Yutong, sólo por mencionar algunos.

Se estima que en los dos procesos licitatorios alcancen un costo cercano a los $8,41 billones de pesos colombianos, de los cuales $3,92 billones corresponden a la adquisición de la nueva flota, y $4,49 billones para la operación de las concesiones. En total son 24 sobres, uno por cada modalidad y cada tecnología.

Primero se ingresaron las propuestas que unifican las dos licitaciones en modalidad A que corresponde a Propuesta Acoplada donde el concesionario de provisión de flota y el de operación participan con una propuesta única. Mientras que la modalidad B, corresponde a la no acoplada, donde el proponente de provisión se presenta de manera separada con los de operación. La urna donde se depositaron los sobres únicos permanecerá sellada y custodiada previo al momento de la evaluación.


Redacción Colombiabus – Metrocali


Ha desembarcado en el puerto de Buenaventura, un nuevo grupo de buses eléctricos que se espera, contribuya a mejorar la calidad del servicio del MIO, experiencia de viaje de los usuarios y calidad del aire de la ciudad. Son 9 autobuses orientados al servicio complementario del sistema de transporte masivo caleño, en configuración busetón y capaces de movilizar hasta 50 pasajeros, que han llegado desde China y fabricados por BYD, el mayor fabricante de vehículos eléctricos a nivel mundial.

Los buses han sido importados y su costo es asumido por el operador GIT Masivo, que pertenece al mismo grupo empresarial dueño del concesionario Somos en Bogotá, que también está preparando sus autobuses eléctricos para la operación zonal del sistema Transmilenio en Bogotá. De acuerdo con Oscar Javier Ortiz Cuéllar, presidente de Metro Cali esta flota representa el compromiso que tiene el Sistema MIO de seguir apostándole a una movilidad sostenible.

Los buses que llegaron al puerto, tienen características técnicas muy similares a los que se alistan en Bogotá, correspondientes al modelo BYD B93S01 de 9,3 metros de largo, un motor eléctrico de 200Kw de potencia, 2.300Nm de torque, una autonomía entre 270 y 320 Km que son más que suficientes para la operación caleña. Cuentan con frenos de disco en todas las ruedas, frenos ABS y repartidor de frenado según la necesidad de cada llanta EBD, sistema elevador para accesibilidad de las personas en condición de movilidad reducida y como elemento adicional para el confort de los usuarios del sistema MIO, aire acondicionado, indispensable en Cali., que se combina con los puertos USB para recarga de dispositivos y conexión WiFi a internet.

“Los buses vienen a aportar a nuestra ciudad, al medio ambiente y estamos muy orgullosos de saber que pronto estarán al servicio de nuestros usuarios”, indicó Gonzalo Cucalón, Subgerente de GIT Masivo. Cabe recordar que los buses cuentan con regeneración de frenos, permitiendo que con cada maniobra de detención, el vehículo recupere energía y contribuya a recargar las baterías. Estos acumuladores podrán recargarse completamente en cerca de 2 horas, en estaciones instaladas en los patios del operador.

Se espera hacer una rápida nacionalización de los vehículos, para una pronta incorporación a la flota de todo el sistema. La vida útil del sistema de baterías se estima en 16 años y junto con un teóricamente menor costo de mantenimiento, debe ayudar a que al final del ejercicio el costo total de propiedad sea menor o igual al de un vehículo diésel equivalente.