The secretary of Public Services of the province of Mendoza Natalio Mema, the president of the Mendoza Transportation Society (STM) Daniel Vilches, and representatives of Corven Motors Argentina presented the first bus that runs on natural gas. The vehicle will be tested on some routes provided by the STM for about 60 days and passengers will be able to travel for free, so they can learn about the amenities offered by the unit.
The bus has capacity for 60 passengers, hot/cold air conditioning, air suspension (2 in the front, 4 in the rear), power steering system and electric steering pump, three double doors (front, central and rear) and ramp for the disabled at the second door.
“It is a bus that reduces CO2 emissions compared to diesel. It is also an energy issue since Mendoza and Neuquén are large producers of gas, so we can generate it for public transport, which is the second activity that consumes the most energy in the country. CNG consumption is a pending matter in terms of energy and environment,” Mena pointed out.
“We have received a prototype of this vehicle, which is of the same brand as the electrical unit that operates in the province, and we will receive different proposals and then make a tender and acquire them probably next year,” he added.
“This is the first test of this type in motorization in Argentina, and we are grateful to Corven that has chosen the STM as the first national experience accompanied by the willingness of the Provincial Government to scale and improve the provision of the transportation service and lower the cost of the system. Because here there is an economic contribution that is linked to reducing the fuel costs and, of course, an environmental gain,” said Vilches.
Luciano Lorenzo, representative of Corven, also highlighted “the commitment that our company has in the development of renewable energies and also the commitment to collaboration between the public and the private sector.”
Source: Government of Mendoza