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 – Scania Buses México

One of Scania’s most ambitious projects in Mexico, since its arrival in the country in 1994, is the commitment to electromobility, which has given much to talk about in recent days with the first launch for all of Latin America, of the Volt chassis built on the Urviabus model from Carrocerías Beccar, builder from the state of Jalisco.

During the presentation, the arrival of a vehicle for tests with the Mexican operators was announced. As part of the testing schedule planned by Scania, a comprehensive bus arrives in Mexico, which will be tested in the following weeks in Mexico City, where the unit’s operating data will be collected for adaptation to the Mexican market.

The bus called “Citywide” will be doing a roadshow through Latin America, with Mexico being Scania’s first market in America to reach, to later go to South America in the following months, in order to collect data from the region and produce the best electric urban chassis of the new generation from 2022.

In the last presentation by Scania and Beccar of their Volt e-Urviabus bus, the arrival of this chassis was mentioned, since a correct study of the country’s conditions is important for both brands. The Scania Volt is part of the new generation of Scania buses, completing a portfolio of sustainable and environmentally friendly buses.

Scania has focused on developing vehicles with the latest technology for the demands of the cities of the future, that is, the focus is not only on sustainable operation, but also on safety and visual systems for the driver that allow it to be more friendly to its environment. Compared to conventional vehicles, electric vehicles require a broader vision as they must consider battery configuration, operating range, power consumption, and performance.

The Scania Volt e-Urviabus will be manufactured in the first half of the following year in accordance with the demand for the product from customers, several of them today interested in introducing these technologies in several major cities in the country.



Colombiabus newsroom – Solaris Bus & Coach

Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB), operator of the Spanish city, has once again chosen the Solaris urban buses to advance in the race to have zero-emission vehicles and that is why it has signed an agreement with the Polish manufacturer to deliver 24 electric vehicles of the model Urbino 12 that will reach the end of 2022.

The Solaris Urbino are extremely quiet, free of local emissions and guarantee a low level of operation combined with low operating costs. With the proper configuration of batteries and infrastructure, they can run 24 hours a day, being fully suitable for working on the routes of large urban centers.

Barcelona’s residents have already had the opportunity to see the results, thanks to 19 Urbino 18 articulated electric buses that have joined the fleet operated by TMB. The vehicles to be delivered in the capital of Catalonia will be powered by Solaris High-Energy batteries with a total capacity of more than 400 kWh, which can be recharged by combining the pantograph connectors, so that the energy reaches the central electric motor.

The driver will be calm thanks to assistance systems such as the Mobileye Shield + and MirrorEye systems. The first allows the risks related to the blind spots of the vehicle bus to be eliminated, receiving alerts from pedestrians and cyclists located in the vicinity or for turning maneuvers. Thanks to cameras placed on both sides, the driver receives alerts from pedestrians and cyclists located in the vicinity. The MirrorEye is, in turn, a camera system that replaces the rearview and side mirrors. In addition to ensuring optimal visibility regardless of weather conditions, as well as at night, they also reduce the overall width of the bus, which is particularly important on narrow streets or with higher road traffic.

As if that were not enough, the buses will have a passenger counting device that will allow the carrier to collect data on passenger flows on the buses. It was in 2015 when the Solaris vehicles first arrived in the fleet of the operator Transportes. Metropolitans of Barcelona (TMB). All Solaris vehicles that roll around the Catalan city are hybrid or electric. The last order placed for the customer was for 14 articulated electric buses of the Urbino 18 model, delivered between 2020 and 2021. Solaris is a European leader in the production and sale of low- and zero-emission buses. Almost 3,000 Solaris zero-emission vehicles, including more than 1,000 electric buses, move on the streets of more than 30 European cities.