Scania chose Punta Arenas because it is the only city in the country where CNG buses actually operate. The tests will last six months and will show the vehicle’s driving, performance, emissions level and speed range.
As a result, the company intends to reach an agreement with Transantiago operators on the introduction of approximately 200 natural gas powered buses over the tendered routes in the metropolitan area, El Mercurio reported.
In November 2012, Scania launched its first bus running on natural gas or biogas in Chile at an event hosted at the official residence of the Swedish Embassy. “The current Transantiago fleet consists of around 7,000 Euro 3-equipped buses. If those vehicles were replaced with CNG buses, they would emit 44,265 tons of particulate matter per year, unlike the current fleet emissions, which amount to 481,143 tons,” said the HDV manufacturer through a press release.