Archivo de la etiqueta: Sustainable Bus



Colombiabus newsroom – Volvo Buses Colombia / William Marroquín

The great impact left by the global launch of Volvo’s new BZL electric bus chassis, designed to meet the needs of operators and cities in any metropolis, has not been fully assimilated when the pleasant news is received that we will soon have the new passenger vehicle, ready for tests in Colombia, where Volvo Buses has been present for more than 20 years, promoting the modernization of massive systems and offering a better quality of life in transport.

The global demand for electromobility solutions in public transport is growing, and Volvo Buses is preparing for even faster order growth in the coming years. «With the new Volvo BZL Electric, we offer a global platform for clean, quiet and energy efficient public transport to meet the growing demand in markets that are already ready to switch to electromobility,» says Anna Westerberg, Global CEO of Volvo Buses.

André Marques, General Director of Volvo Group Colombia, mentioned at the launch of the new BZL chassis that “Colombia is one of the Volvo Group’s priorities for the introduction of electric buses in Latin America. The above, because as a country we have great potential for this technology, and we want to generate the least impact with our transport solutions ”.

Colombia is in the global trials and an electric demo bus is expected to be in the country early next year. «For 6 months the Volvo electric bus will have activities such as product presentation and testing with operators, investors, strategic allies and institutions focused on electromobility,» said Giulliano Decicino, Commercial and Marketing Manager of Volvo Buses Colombia.

Volvo Buses has years of experience in electromobility solutions, working closely with operators around the world. This chassis is designed as a single or double-deck, with multiple options for drivers. “The new Volvo BZL Electric builds on proven and successful solutions already deployed in Europe. All chassis and powertrain components have been developed to ensure the superior quality of our buses,” says Dan Pettersson, Volvo Buses Head of International Business.

Electric buses are always part of a system. Route distance, frequency, capacity, pricing and local regulations translate into different solutions. This new Volvo BZL is designed to be respectful of the environment and emissions, beyond when it is in operation with passengers, since materials and manufacturing process have taken this premise into account and 90% of the components of the bus are recyclable, while the batteries will have a second use when they end their useful life in the buses.

Safety is another core value of Volvo buses, the Volvo BZL Electric meets the highest European standards for superior driving and safe operation. This includes Volvo Buses the latest offering in connected technology, Volvo APP Bus Connect. «With functions such as Volvo Safe Zone Management, the operator can define safety zones where the maximum speed of the bus is limited, for example near schools or at terminals,» explains Andrés Camacho, Volvo Buses Services Manager Colombia.

The new Volvo BZL Electric features a powertrain developed entirely by the company. The 200 kW electric motor is mated to a two-speed automated transmission. The powertrain can be configured with one or two generators, delivering equivalent power up to 540 HP, giving the Volvo BZL Electric high climbing ability, fast and comfortable operation at all times.

The Volvo BZL Electric is designed for recharging flexibility for both high-power fast charging (OppCharge – Opportunity Charge) and trickle charging (CCS) in the garage or warehouse. Volvo Buses also offers a usable energy commitment, guaranteeing an agreed amount of power for operation and eliminating customer concerns about batteries.


Colombiabus newsroom – Mobility Portal / William Marroquín


As time goes by, the progress and ambitions of the Peruvian bus builder Modasa are greater, with great dynamism in recent years when it carried out an important update of its portfolio. Additionally, in 2018, it incorporated its Iron Bus oriented to Latin American BRT trunks and continued in its process of continuous improvement of its luxury double-deck with the Zeus 4, and last but not least, it began to look for a space in the demanding market of Mexico.

2020, despite the pandemic, was an important year for the Lurín constructor, becoming one of the first bus manufacturers in Latin America to develop an electric model, its e-Titan. A vehicle where it had the support of Volkswagen, QEV Technologies and Engie as main partners of the project. Much has been said about this prototype about its arrival in Colombia and other markets, although for now they are still focused on their local market where one of them will be tested in the Arequipa integrated transport system and another in Lima with the same typology.

For the city of Arequipa, Modasa hopes that a second trunk will be tendered that would allow it to offer 150 buses and in Lima, the integrated system project is running where 100 units would be delivered. However, the manufacturer asks that the state be more involved in the development of new projects, since the operators are not considered credit subjects.

Due to the pandemic, social distancing, alternation and reduction of bus journeys, demand has naturally decreased significantly and operators have been forced to restructure debts, reduce investments, which has affected their strength and with it, financial institutions. Either they do not approve requests or they review them with greater caution.

For integrated systems, Modasa also proposes bidding schemes where the municipalities or the government are guarantors of the payment of the vehicles, as has occurred in the last processes carried out in Bogotá with Transmilenio in its trunk component or the most recent in Chile for the Red system. Taking into account that the nature of the operators is private, denoting the lack of state participation in the development of new transport models for cities.


Redacción Colombiabus – William Marroquín / Techni Bus


Se entregaron 133 nuevos buses eléctricos para el componente zonal y alimentador de Transmilenio en Bogotá, asignados a la localidad de Usme, incluyendo un nuevo patio para la recarga de los vehículos. Estas unidades, hacían parte del último grupo de autobuses, que se adjudicaron en noviembre de 2019 y es además el cuarto electroterminal que entrega Enel X para garantizar el correcto suministro de energía para las rutas que serán atendidas en esta zona al sur de la capital colombiana.

Estos 133 buses, se sumaron a los 350 que habían sido entregados desde finales de 2020 para operación en las localidades de Fontibón, Rafael Uribe, Suba y ahora Usme. La nueva zona será atendida por el operador E-Somos alimentación, que recibió un nuevo contingente de buses BYD del modelo B13S01 en configuración padrón para 80 pasajeros y B9S01 como busetón de 50 pasajeros. Los buses estarán operando hasta el año 2035 según el contrato firmado con Transmilenio, donde E-Somos administrará el patio.

Un patio con la última tecnología para ser amigable con el ambiente, equipada con cárcamos elevados que fueron instalados sobre el edificio administrativo. Cuenta con 62 puntos dobles para las recargas de energía, zonas de alistamiento y mantenimiento, instalación de lavado con planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales, parqueaderos y otras instalaciones. Una obra que fue construida por Enel X – Codensa según las especificaciones de Transmilenio, con Terpel-Voltex como encargada de suministrar la energía. Se construyeron 20.500 metros cuadrados y se destinó un área de sesión ambiental de 4.000m2 para zonas de jardinería y arborización.

Experiencias como la Colombiana y en Chile, donde también se han desarrollado procesos de electrificación de flotas, impulsan a Enel X para llevar proyectos similares a Brasil, donde el potencial en transporte público urbano es muy grande, que de momento concentra todas las actividades en las ciudades de São Paulo (SP) y Salvador (BA). “Hoy nuestra estrategia en el área de la movilidad eléctrica urbana es ser un impulsor, llevar todo este concepto para construir proyectos interesantes en Brasil. Entonces, veamos los errores y los éxitos, lo cual es natural en iniciativas de esta magnitud. Estamos empezando a ganar una gran relevancia en el mercado latinoamericano ”, comenta Carlos Eduardo Cardoso de Souza, responsable del área Business to Government de Enel X .

Para ellos el modelo chileno se adapta muy bien a sus deseos, pues el gobierno aporta la garantía financiera. Enel X estaría en disposición de entregar una oferta integral, incluyendo en el modelo suministro del bus eléctrico apto para la ciudad, flota alimentada al 100% por batería, adecuación de patios, toda la infraestructura energética necesaria, infraestructura de carga, incluyendo conectores y la plataforma de carga para el mantenimiento predictivo, preventivo e integración con telemetría de bus.

Por todo ese esquema integral, el cliente pagaría una tarifa mensual por la prestación de los servicios, asegurando una viabilidad financiera para quien asume el costo. Esta iniciativa se enmarca dentro de las acciones más amplias que está llevando a cabo Enel X para impulsar la movilidad eléctrica en el transporte público. Además de los proyectos en Chile, Colombia y Brasil, Enel X está implementando otras iniciativas de e-bus en Perú (Lima), Uruguay (Montevideo), Estados Unidos, España (Barcelona) e Italia.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Volvo Buses Global


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.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Secco Comunicaciones


Committed to the global challenge of minimizing the environmental impacts caused by the emission of polluting gases, Marcopolo reinforces its performance in the production of sustainable vehicles. The company produced the first 100% electric pneumatic light vehicle (VLP) in Brazil, in partnership with BYD, and has already supplied around 370 electric and hybrid units to various countries, including Argentina, Australia and India, with 75 vehicles in circulation in Brazilian Territory.

Marcopolo’s body design is called Attivi Express. The model was produced exclusively for articulated chassis with 100% electric propulsion. The bus is 22 meters long. And it has lithium iron phosphate (LifePO4) batteries. Thus, its autonomy is around 250 km with a full charge of three hours.

It has capacity for 168 passengers, in addition to spaces for wheelchair users. The VLPs have upholstered armchairs with individual headrests and USB ports, ceiling monitors, radio, and speakers. The exterior lighting has full led headlights. In this way, maximum light efficiency is guaranteed.

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is a commitment of the countries, signed in the Paris Agreement, and reinforced by the US President, Joe Biden, last week at the Climate Summit, with the participation of 40 nations. At the meeting, commitments were reinforced with measures that will help prevent the planet’s temperature from rising above 1.5 °C in one hundred years.

Faced with this scenario, Marcopolo continues in the search for clean energy technologies that help curb global warming. The company’s expectation is that another 400 units will be in circulation in Latin America by 2022.


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.