Colombiabus Newsroom – Vivipra / William Marroquín
17 KING LONG BUSES JOIN FOR TRANSPORTATION IN MINES
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.