Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín

The mining sector is one of the main drivers of the economy in Peru, the main passenger transport companies have a range of services aimed at mobilizing the personnel working in mining. One of them is Cruz del Sur, with more than 60 years of history and of them, about twenty with its institutional services division.

Always focused on providing a personalized service with high-quality standards for the mining and industrial sectors, Cruz del Sur received 7 Volvo B380R 4X2 Euro buses, bodied with the Irizar i6 model. These new vehicles will allow you to strengthen that relationship with the large mining sector customer with whom you have had a 9-year alliance. Business transportation currently represents more than 50% of revenues for the company, considering the pandemic, the slow recovery of national long-distance routes and the uncertainty due to the reactivation of international routes.

The new buses are part of the first group that Cruz del Sur receives, since starting in 2022 the Peruvian company will receive a second group of zero kilometer vehicles to provide a reliable, safe and quality service, welcoming the renewal of the contract.

The new Volvo B380Rs feature IShift intelligent automated transmission, EBS 4-wheel disc braking system, VEB engine brake and the Driver Support Systems active safety package. This system warns of the risk of a frontal collision, activates the emergency stop and is combined with the adaptive cruise control, the warning system of involuntary lane departure and the alerts for the driver.

All units have Hispacold ECO3 air purifier, approved by the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) of Spain; which has been shown to be effective in eliminating 99.7% of the SARS-Covid2 virus. It is important to point out that this acquisition is added to another 60 units acquired, of different configurations, for clients in the mining sector.



Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / Ford Media Center

The poor results of Ford worldwide, between 2017 and 2019, as well as the crisis derived from the pandemic, forced the Detroit giant to rethink its global strategy, with a painful adjustment process that even led to the closure of several plants in Latin America, as happened with the facilities in Brazil and Argentina that stopped operating.

Ford’s new strategy aims to focus on F-Series vehicles, SUVs and light utility vehicles, as well as hitting the gas pedal to electrify its portfolio, create new mobility services and business units. Along these lines, one of the first divisions resulting from this reengineering has been Ford Pro, which operates independently and is dedicated to promoting commercial vehicles.

This new division will integrate the business of development and sale of commercial vehicles with both conventional and electric propulsion; development of charging solutions for homes, offices and companies; connected services for fleet management that ensure productivity and profitability for owners; elite services to improve after-sales and support by allowing utilities to get back to work quickly; and the Ford ProFin Simple financing program, to leverage the purchase of the units, as well as the electric recharging systems.

One of the axes of this new Ford division is the light utility Transit, which has been one of the pillars of the brand in several countries, first produced in 1953 and with more than 10 million units sold globally. That it will have diesel versions and the electric E-Transit, which is already available in Europe and will have to make the route to South America.

For the introduction of the model in this region, coordinated work was carried out with the engineering centers in England, Germany and the Brazilian facilities in Tatui (State of São Paulo), where a test center operates. More than 20,000 hours of work and more than 1 million kilometers of tests, allowed to adjust the characteristics of the models that will arrive in South America. The Transit will be produced in Uruguay, thanks to an alliance between Ford and the Nordex group, to have the fifth country that will produce the van, in addition to the United States, Turkey, China and Russia. The investment for the production process amounts to 50 million dollars.

The premises of a light utility vehicle will be available in the Transit: low cost of operation, robustness, durability, good load capacity, safety, affordable price, functionality and adaptability to develop different versions. For the passenger versions, it is expected to have options from 15 to 19 occupants plus driver, specifically developed.

The version with its original factory window, but without seats, will also be available for customers to configure according to their needs, with a network of Ford-approved transformers. Naturally, the panel option for urban delivery, last mile deliveries and parcels will be present, in different options of heights, distances between axes and load capacities.

As of this writing, it has not been confirmed with which engine versions the South American version will be equipped. It is worth mentioning that in Mexico it is offered with the TDCi Puma engine, with 2,200cc and 125HP of power, while in Turkey the EcoBlue engine is available with diesel and hybrid versions, with powers of 130HP, 170HP and 185HP. Or the current one offered in Argentina also 2.2 but with 135HP of power, in all cases including turbocharger and intercooler.

Connectivity will be a great differential, as it will include the integrated Ford Pass Connect modem that will allow optimization of work, help owners to be more productive, to know location, receive remote instructions via cell phone such as opening and closing doors, tracking fuel use, kilometers traveled and manage the tickets to the workshop. A vehicle that will be ready in Brazil with more than 100 dealers ready to provide support and that as orders are regularized, it will be able to move to other markets.



Colombiabus newsroom – Scania México

After a tough bidding process, Scania has delivered 20 buses in Mexico to the City of Mérida (Yucatán State), for its client Mobility ADO. On this occasion, the K250UB chassis with low entry has been combined with the Beccar Urviabus body, produced in the state of Jalisco. An order that confirms the great strategic vision of both the business and the customers, which the Swedish constructor has put especially in the introduction of sustainable transport solutions.

Scania was the first brand to introduce Euro VI gas engines, and now it does so with diesel engines. First in Guadalajara and now in the southeast of Mexico, promising with these units the improvement of fuel efficiency, and more time available in the operation of its customers.

On the K250UB chassis, the XPI (Ultra High-Pressure Injection) technology stands out, where the fuel feed and injection pressure is set regardless of engine speed and load, with exceptional precision. This sophisticated system continually adjusts to accommodate changes in engine speed and usage, so you can get the most out of every drop of diesel. For each cycle, it performs up to three fuel injections, with precise timing, improving performance and economy, while reducing harmful emissions.

The reduction in pollutant emissions reaches 80% less nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, compared to the same technology in Euro 5, additionally the engines are less noisy, which allows users to offer more comfortable trips. The 12.8 meter buses have a great boarding capacity for passengers, as it is a low entrance, it allows a more comfortable entry for those with reduced mobility.

Here there has been a great joint work between Scania and Beccar, taking advantage of the evolution of the Urviabus model, capable of carrying up to 100 passengers. Adapted to the needs of modern transport and city users: bicycle rack, storage baskets, Braille signage, demarcated seats for the elderly or pregnant women and access ramp for wheelchairs. The chassis offers kneeling system and electronically controlled air suspension.

The K250UB chassis has the DC09 109 engine with 250HP and 1,250Nm of torque, which reaches the wheels thanks to the ZF EcoLife 6-speed fully automatic transmission that includes a retarder. The brakes are disc, including the EBS system that controls the ABS.

Finally, an important part of this bus placement was the training that Scania gave to a group of 7 operators, including 3 women, who took a K 250 Euro V and Euro VI chassis knowledge and familiarization course, in both theoretical and practices with vehicles. The road tests carried out on the peripheral ring corridor of Mérida, locations where these buses will circulate.



Redacción Colombiabus – Karsan Otomotiv

El constructor turco de autobuses Karsan, ubicado en la ciudad de Bursa, ha presentado su nueva familia de buses 100% eléctricos, llamada e-ATA. Esta serie, llega al mercado con tres modelos de 10, 12 y 18 metros, ha sido producida para satisfacer las necesidades de ciudades con grandes presiones por ofrecer soluciones sustentables de transporte y altamente pobladas.

Su nombre viene de la palabra turca Ata que significa “el mayor de la familia”, y justamente se orienta a ofrecer los buses eléctricos de tamaño más grande. Ofreciendo una estructura flexible con sus baterías tecnológicas o su capacidad de carga, responde a muchas necesidades en varios campos. De acuerdo con las necesidades de los operadores, los nuevos buses podrán incluir hasta 7 diferentes paquetes de batería entre 150 kWh y 600 kWh, en una ruta normal de autobús, estando en su capacidad máxima de ocupantes, haciendo paradas correspondientes, incluso con el aire acondicionado funcionando, garantizan una impresionante autonomía de hasta 450Km.

Además, con su tecnología de carga rápida, dependiendo de su tamaño de paquete de batería se puede cargar entre 1 a 4 horas. Gracias a la familia de modelos e-ATA ofreciendo vehículos 100% eléctricos desde los 6 hasta 18 metros, Karsan se apunta a liderar la transición eléctrica en transito urbano.

Karsan viene avanzando rápidamente en la electromovilidad, y el acuerdo celebrado con BMW les ha ayudado a propulsar esta línea de negocios que crece en demanda, incluso el Jest Electric de 6 metros es líder de su clase. Por su parte el Atak Electric de 8 metros tiene buena aceptación en Francia, Alemania y Rumania. Adicionalmente, en los últomos dos años, se ha acumulado una experiencia de más de 2 millones de kilómetros recorridos con los buses eléctricos.

Cuando observamos el mercado de autobuses urbanos en Europa vemos que el 83% de los autobuses son de gran tamaño, 12 y 18 metros. Por otro lado, el cambio de autobuses diésel a autobuses eléctrico coge velocidad. Se espera que en 2024 el 35% y en 2030 el 50% de los vehículos vendidos serán totalmente eléctricos. Para incentivar este cambio las grandes ciudades como Paris, Londres y Hamburgo a la hora de comprar nuevos autobuses ponen la condición de que sean vehículos de cero emisión. Karsan, había previsto este cambio, y ya había hecho toda la planificación hace 5 años. Y ahora presentando al mercado la serie de autobuses e-ATA, 100% eléctricos de 10, 12 y 18 metros, estamos presentes en todo el mercado. De esa manera Karsan, esta preparado a electrizar el futuro, con su gama de productos eléctricos desde 6 a 18 metros.” Indicó el CEO de Karsan, Okan Baş .

Los nuevos buses e-ATA eléctricos ofrecen gran capacidad de pasajeros, dependiendo de los paquetes de baterías elegidos: llevar en 10 metros hasta 90, en 12 metros hasta 100 y en 18 metros hasta 150 pasajeros. Los conductores pueden controlar muchos detalles desde las pantallas que tienen delante como el gasto energético, avisos y aire condicionado. Por otro lado, varias sistemas preventivas como el sistema de espejos con cámaras, aviso anti-choque y aviso seguimiento de carril asegura un viaje seguro para los conductores y pasajeros.



Redacción Colombiabus – Mercedes Benz Vans

Hace cerca de un año que la versión eléctrica de la van Vito de pasajeros, conocida como eVito Tourer, comenzó a ofrecerse en los mercados, mostrando su versatilidad en tareas de rutas cortas y transporte ejecutivo para hoteles, taxi de gran capacidad, ejecutivos, aeropuertos y de alquiler.

Como alternativa al eVito Tourer con una capacidad de batería utilizable de 90 kWh (consumo eléctrico combinado: 26,9-26,2 kWh / 100 km; emisiones de CO2 combinadas: 0 g / km), Mercedes Benz Vans ahora también ofrece el eVito Tourer en una nueva versión: una variante equipada con una capacidad útil de batería de 60 kWh (consumo eléctrico combinado: 27,4-26,7 kWh / 100 km; emisiones de CO2 combinadas: 0 g / km1). Esto abrirá mayores posibilidades para que los clientes comerciales, en particular, encuentren la versión de vehículo adecuada que se adapte a sus operaciones previstas y a su modelo de negocio.

La nueva variante del eVito Tourer es, por tanto, interesante para los clientes que cubren rutas fáciles de planificar o que solo conducen distancias cortas, como en las operaciones de transporte escolar. También es interesante para aquellos que buscan un precio de salida asequible o para los que sería útil un ahorro de peso de 150 kg y el correspondiente aumento de carga útil.

La autonomía del eVito Tourer con una batería de 60 kWh es de 217-239 km,. La función de carga rápida estándar ofrece una potencia de carga de 50 kW y, como opción, también son posibles 80 kW4. En este caso, la batería se puede cargar del 10 al 80% en unos 35 minutos.

Familias respetuosas con el medio ambiente o entusiastas del deporte que prefieren tener espacio extra para equipaje o equipo pesado y, por lo tanto, necesitan una mayor carga útil, o aquellos que utilizan principalmente el vehículo para distancias cortas o medias, ahora también tienen la opción de pedir el EQV 250 (combustible combinado consumo: 27,6 26,9 kWh / 100 km; emisiones de CO2 combinadas: 0 g / km1) con 60 kWh de capacidad útil de la batería. El alcance aquí es de 213236 km2,3 y la función de carga rápida de 80 kW4 ya viene de serie en el EQV 250, al igual que los detalles interiores de alta calidad, como el innovador sistema de infoentretenimiento MBUX.

Aquellos que estén interesados ​​en el vehículo pero no estén seguros de qué variante es la solución perfecta para ellos o si la menor capacidad de la batería es realmente suficiente pueden usar la aplicación EQ Ready de forma gratuita para realizar un análisis y determinar su comportamiento de movilidad.