The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications of Chile presented a new CNG pilot bus that since in August will hit the streets of Santiago. The King Long bus features a Cummins L9N “Near Zero” engine that is tested outside the United States for the first time and is considered the cleanest internal combustion engine in the world. It has low pollutant emissions and, compared to a diesel bus, reduces particulate matter by 80% and NOx by 90%.
“Santiago has become a test laboratory for various technologies and this bus is consolidating the gradual implementation of the Red standard in our capital. While we are working on the tender of the system, we have already trialed in Santiago an electric bus with tram features, a double-decker bus and two electric articulated buses, and now we are adding this one powered by natural gas. Thus, this pilot intends to show whether this type of fuel, like electricity, is an efficient alternative in public transport, because we are focused on providing a service that, in addition to being safe, allows users to improve their travel experiences,” said the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Gloria Hutt.
The bus, part of the Metropolitan Mobility Network (known as Red, until March 2019 called Transantiago), will serve the route 104 operated by the STP company, has the capacity to transport 101 passengers, 30 seated and 71 standing. It includes universal accessibility, air conditioning with ecological gas, USB ports in all rows of seats and indoor and outdoor security cameras. It was brought to Chile by Vivipra, while the energy company MetroGas will be responsible for providing the fuel and the respective refueling facility.
“The incorporation of this natural gas bus corresponds to a pilot plan that once again places us at the forefront in the use of environmentally friendly technologies, which, together with the fact that for almost two years we have led the service quality ranking of the system, results in an improvement in the travel experience of our users,” added Luis Barahona, General Manager of STP.
Source: Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications