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Colombiabus Newsroom – William Marroquín


All city governments seek solutions to the challenges that arise due to climate change and passenger transport is in the eye of the hurricane, since a lot is required of this activity as it must offer sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. If we talk about Mexico City, the challenge is bigger, since it is the fifth most populated city in the world, with about 22 million inhabitants.

To respond to these challenges, Volvo has arrived in the Mexican metropolis with an innovative solution that is faithful to the premises of every bus of the Swedish brand, such as respect for the environment, quality and safety. That is why a 12-meter Volvo 7900 electric bus has been brought to Mexico City, which has begun tests on Metrobús Line 4, the BRT transport system of the huge Latin American city.

Line 4 of the Mexico City bus system is a line that is characterized by light and open stations, which by having to cross through the Historic Center respect its urban environment. It should be noted that in this line the first hybrid buses were released in Mexico, which began their operation in April 2012, with 54 vehicles of the Volvo 7700 model, which stood out for their low floor and a very low consumption diesel engine combined with a generator electric that delivered minimal noise and emissions. The line has connected important points such as Buenavista, Zócalo, Alameda Central, La Merced, the TAPO Bus Terminal and the International Airport.

The 7900 bus is capable of transporting up to 95 passengers (sitting and standing), it has a recharging system through CCS-type connectors to replenish power at night, when the operation ends and the bus is at its terminal. It delivers 330Kw of power, the rear axle is provided by ZF and to ensure occupant safety it has disc brakes, ABS, EBS, ASR traction control, hill start assist, ESP stability program and can also include the telematics systems solutions such as the Safe Zones package.

In this way, Volvo Buses hopes to continue with electromobility projects in cities and have a new success story, in this case in Latin American cities. With this commitment, Volvo frames the launch of its electric bus under the #CiudadCero concept, with which it seeks to promote the transition towards levels of zero traffic, zero accidents, zero noise and zero emissions.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Irizar eMobility


Irizar e-mobility, the Irizar Group division dedicated to electromobility created in 2018, has started 2021 with recognitions, both for the electric ieTruck, as well as the new generation 12-meter long ieBus, which has been awarded the award Bus of the Year 2021 in Spain.

The distinction, awarded by the Editec Group (owner of the prestigious Viajeros y Transporte3 magazines) and the jury, made up of a large representation of urban transport operators, gives this award to Irizar e-mobility vehicles. In 2015, the so-called i2e, obtained this recognition and three years later, in 2018, the Irizar ieTram was worthy of this distinction.

“Starting the year receiving both awards fills us with pride and satisfaction,” Imanol Rego, General Director of Irizar e-mobility says. “This recognition is the result of the commitment we have made in recent years to technology, innovation and sustainability in all kinds of applications.” The bus was presented for the first time in 2014 and runs on the routes of different European cities such as Madrid, London, Marseille, Genoa or Luxembourg, among others.


In 2019, the European Busworld event in Brussels was used to present the new generation of the 12 m long Irizar iE bus for the first time. A 100% electric, zero emissions bus that offers a sustainable urban mobility solution to respond to the transport needs of the city.

In addition to an attractive aesthetic design, this new generation, available in 10, 12, 15 and 18 meters, incorporates an evolution of its battery packs. Space has been optimized and, consequently, greater passenger capacity and greater modularity.

The new generation of more efficient batteries in combination with a brake regeneration system, further reduce consumption, also offering greater autonomy for the vehicle. The new Irizar ie bus offers up to five positions of interoperable slow charging points using a combo 2 hose. The slow charging of the vehicle takes 3 hours, but there is also the option to perform a fast charge by pantograph. The charging power can vary from 50 kW to 600 kW.


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Scania Mexico has given the green flag to a new bus powered by an engine that incorporates CNG technology and guarantees to comply with the Euro VI emissions standard. A bus with well-known specifications in Colombia, corresponding to the K320 chassis with a 9.3-liter 320HP rear engine that allows the configuration of 18-meter articulated buses. In addition, it highlights the work of Busscar Colombia that continues to advance in its effort to depend less on the local market and serve more destinations abroad, such as the Aztec country where it has had a very good acceptance and this time, its highly recognized Urbanuss Pluss S5.

The bus has started operation on the routes of Transcomunicador, a Mexibus mobility company, it has always offered users and a Mexican entity a quality service that never stops through its BRT system that travels in the entity, through the municipalities of Ecatepec, Coacalco, Tultitlán and Cuautitlán Izcalli, transporting more than 200 thousand people a day, traveling about 23 thousand km a day and benefiting more than 2 million inhabitants in mobility as it is the most sustainable transport option in the area.

In the last five years, the transport sector accounted for 32% of greenhouse gas and compound emissions and of that percentage, 92% came from motor transport. That is why the Mexibus supplier company, busy offering options that minimize the environmental impact and help minimize the damage to public health, offers this new option for gas mobility, which truly demonstrates its low rate of polluting emissions. “It is a technology already proven in Colombia, in addition to the adaptations required for the state of Mexico. It is more comfortable, ergonomic, less polluting and noisy, further to being Euro VI, which undoubtedly makes it a robust solution for city transport, “said Jorge Navarro Inostroza, director of People Transport Solutions at Scania Mexico.

This bus contributes to the reduction of polluting emissions that cause the greenhouse effect and accelerate global warming. It achieves a 100% reduction in NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide), a reduction in NOX (Nitrogen oxides) causing acid rain by 80%, a reduction in PM emissions (particulate matter or suspended particles) that cause respiratory diseases, up to 96%, decrease in SO2 (sulfur dioxide) by 100%, additionally this unit is also characterized by reducing the noise derived from its operation up to 5 times compared to a Euro V Diesel unit.

The chassis of the mobility project of the Mexican entity is from Scania, a Swedish brand that has always spoken out in favor of sustainability, this time it offers Transcomunicador a unit that adds to the objectives of the Mexican transportation provider company, offering the best CNG so far, and that will have a lesser impact on the environment. Additionally, with the integrated systems that the chassis has, pollutant emissions can be truly measured, having greater certainty of the impact and effectiveness of the units, guaranteeing that they are always in good condition and available.


Colombiabus newsroom. By William Marroquín.


The modernization of transport in Bogotá and the renewal of the entire bus fleet continue to advance, aiming to replace the traditional bus system that only has one year left. The pandemic has not slowed down the process of delivering and replacing vehicles, to offer all citizens of the Colombian capital a dignified and friendly transportation with modern, comfortable, safe and productive vehicles.

For this reason, Gran Americas, a bus operator in the southeast of Bogotá, began serving the routes of 7 regional services since January 16 that will benefit nearly 35,000 inhabitants of this town. These are 211 standard Scania K280CNG buses that reaffirm the progress of the Swedish manufacturer and its work in the development of natural CNG technologies that allow it to fulfill the commitment to provide benefits, be friendly to the environment and offer solutions for cities.

The vehicles feature air suspension with electronic level control, ABS brakes and the full suite of solutions that Scania’s connected services provide. “With these units we completed 1,467 Euro VI CNG buses, which we have delivered, there are 311 additional buses remaining, which makes Bogotá the city with the largest CNG bus fleet in the world ” As Juan Carlos Ocampo said, General Manager of Scania Colombia.

The 12-meter long buses are designed to transport up to 80 passengers (including seated and standing), builded in Pereira, Colombia by Busscar Colombia, which also have lifting mechanisms to facilitate accessibility to people in mobility reduced condition. The body model is the legendary Urbanuss Pluss, a great protagonist of massive systems both in Colombia and in different Latin American cities, a model that has evolved over 20 years. “We not only transport dreams in this alliance, we are teamwork, social commitment and we are very grateful to Bogotá and its citizens, since a large part of our suppliers are from the capital.” Roberto Gálvez Montealegre, President of Busscar de Colombia, declared.

Work has been done to improve the travel experience, seeking to win back users and invite them to use the buses, take care of them and enjoy them. That is why they have included additional comfort and safety elements such as WiFi Internet connection, electrical outlets and additionally they have information screens so that travelers can identify the stops and the different routes of the route. Likewise, it has surveillance cameras to increase the safety of passengers during the trip, provided by MET Group, a Pereiran company that has worked hand in hand with Busscar Colombia.

Finally, to ensure the correct supply of fuel, the Vanti Group (Colombian company dedicated to the provision of the domestic public service of distribution and commercialization of natural gas in the country) worked on the construction of a new station that allows the refueling of CNG. A job that involved extending the pipeline network for about three kilometers and that allows the station, which three compressors and a storage capacity of 5,000 cubic meters, to fill the tanks of each bus in about seven minutes and represented an investment close to 11,000 million Colombian pesos (More than €2,600,000)