Colombiabus Newsroom – By William Marroquín


An alliance between Scania and Marcopolo will allow Turis Silva, a transport operator located in the south of the South American giant, to launch the first highway bus powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for tourism applications, business service, rental and short excursions. The bus will be assigned to transport employees of the Gerdau steel company, at the Charqueadas plant, Rio Grande do Sul state.

The business transport operation, in charge of Turis Silva Transportes, will be under a demonstration contract on a route from Porto Alegre-Charqueadas-São Jerônimo, on a daily route of 190 km. To date, the gas highway bus to charter in Brazil is in the final details of the certification and homologation process to receive the circulation permit.

“We are very excited about this pioneering operation. There will no longer be more to continue having diesel as the sole parent. Requests from contractors for greener products are increasing every day and sustainability is a path of no return. I am convinced that it will be the first of many gas buses for rent” Jaime Silva, founder and owner of Turis Silva Transportes. The businessman is also president of the National Association of Tourist Transporters and Charter. The company has been in the market for 31 years, with its headquartered in Porto Alegre, provides continuous and occasional charter services, has 54 Scania buses and has been increasing the brand’s share in its fleet each year.

The K 320 4 × 2 model has a 9.3-liter engine that produces 320HPc, the propeller is Otto Cycle (the same concept as cars) and it runs 100% on gas and biomethane, or a mixture of both. It is not converted from diesel to gas, it is a dedicated power unit with factory warranty, reliable and safe technology, consistent performance and diesel-like strength, as well as being quieter. Eight gas cylinders were installed in the front with a range of 300 km. If a customer wants more autonomy, it is possible to evaluate the location of more cylinders and for the development of the body there are no significant changes.

In the case of a fire or crash, the gas is released into the atmosphere and dissolves without danger of an explosion, unlike a similar diesel-powered vehicle which is more dangerous as the liquid remains on the ground or can spread through the body.

Marcopolo chose the Paradiso New G7 1050 bodywork to equip the historic bus, capable of handling up to 44 passengers. It is equipped with Wi-Fi internet access, environmental entertainment screens, semi-bed seats, camera monitoring system, individual USB sockets and air conditioning. The model also has different solutions of the Marcopolo BioSafe platform to protect the occupants from pathogens that could cause diseases such as Covid-19, such as a toilet and air conditioning system with UV-C lamps to disinfect the environments; curtains with antimicrobial material, and gel dispenser at the entrance of the access staircase.


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Although Toyota had already introduced the HiAce light utility vehicle in delivery van versions nearly two years ago, this launch of the Wagon and Commuter versions marks the entry into the commercial passenger vehicle segment in Argentina for the Japanese brand, with a van that is imported from Japan, but for which there are plans to produce it in the country, at the Zárate plant (Buenos Aires province) where the Hilux pick-up, leader in sales in the country, was also built.

Two versions that share the same engine, but with an eye on two different segments and models: The Wagon with shorter dimensions and a more luxurious equipment for 9 passengers, which will face the Mercedes-Benz Vito and the Hyundai H100; It is designed for the transport of executives, clubs, diplomats and artists. For its part, the Commuter will be able to transport up to 13 passengers and will seek to compete with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Master, targeting the transport of excursions, business and charters in short distances.

To achieve economies of scale and facilitate the aftermarket, both versions will feature the engine and transmission used in the Toyota Hilux. The 1GD engine of the Japanese brand with 2.8 liters of displacement, but with a different electronic map looking for fuel economy; that’s why the powerplant delivers 163HP at 3,600rpm and 420Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,200 engine turns. Power is delivered to the wheels via a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

Considering that they are oriented to different segments, although they share the same mechanics, the dimensions and equipment are different. The Commuter has a length of 5,915 mm and the Wagon 5,300 mm, in addition to the finishes of the former that are more functional and for a more demanding job. For its part, the second option offers seats upholstered in leather and electrically adjustable (in the second row).

In both versions, the driver’s position has a height and depth adjustable steering wheel and a height adjustable seat with longitudinal adjustment and backrest recline. It is worth noting the very good wide field of vision and the angular-turning exterior mirrors that improve rear vision. Additionally, they incorporate 6 USB ports to recharge devices.

Toyota will seek to test the acceptance of the vehicle not only in Argentina, but also throughout Latin America. Initially it was imported from Japan, but in the future the idea is to produce the HiAce in Argentina, where the Hilux and SW4 are already manufactured. Countries like Chile, Peru and others in Central America sell the van and that is why it is considered that the assembly project in South America can be successful.


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Solaris Bus & Coach ha firmado recientemente tres acuerdos marco para el suministro exclusivo de hasta 182 autobuses que se utilizarán en toda Austria. El operador Österreichische Postbus AG ha apostado por Solaris como proveedor tanto de vehículos productos libres de emisiones como de propulsión convencional. Según los acuerdos marco celebrados, un total Se suministrarán hasta 40 autobuses de hidrógeno y 142 vehículos diésel de diferentes longitudes en 2021-2023.

Los autobuses que comprará el operador incluirán hasta 40 autobuses Urbino 12 de hidrógeno libres de emisiones. Este respetuoso con el medio ambiente y altamente avanzado, siendo cada vez más popular entre los operadores europeos. El resto de los vehículos estar equipado con accionamientos que cumplan con los estrictos estándares de emisiones Euro 6. Estos incluirán hasta 45 Urbino 18, hasta 60 Urbino 12 y hasta 17 autobuses Urbino 8,9 LE.

La energía para alimentar los autobuses se genera en pilas de combustible de 70 kW. Energía eléctrica, producida por electrólisis inversa, se transfiere directamente a la línea de transmisión, que consta de un eje con motores eléctricos. El hidrógeno necesario para propulsar el autobús se almacenará en gas forma en tanques con un volumen total de 1560 litros, montados en el techo del autobús.

Los contratos contemplan también la incorporación de autobuses Urbino equipados con motores diésel Euro 6. Los autobuses más largos de 18 metros podrán transportar hasta 140 pasajeros de manera muy eficiente, de los cuales 51 podrán viajar sentados. Los autobuses Solaris Urbino 12 ofrecerán 37 plazas a bordo, mientras que en los Urbino 8,9 vehículos LE 26 los pasajeros podrán viajar sentados. Tanto los autobuses articulados como los monocuerpo de 12 metros, estarán equipados con motores Paccar MX11 de 367HP de potencia; mientras que los modelos más cortos, tendrán propulsores Cummins de la familia ISB, con 6,7 litros de desplazamiento y 277HP .

Solaris está presente en Austria desde 2003 y durante ese tiempo ha entregado cerca de 400 autobuses. Mientras que los propulsados por hidrógeno van ganando cada vez más aceptación, desde su lanzamiento en junio de 2019, entregando a la fecha 69 vehículos en Países Bajos, Alemania, Italia, Suecia y ahora se sumará Austria.