A study carried out by the National University of Colombia to the world’s first bi-articulated CNG bus indicated that it successfully passed the tests of performance, energy efficiency and pollutant emissions. It features a Scania Euro 6 gas engine, which underwent short-term tests in December 2016. Once the process of nationalization of the vehicle is completed, it will be introduced to the Transmilenio’s fleet so that it begins to run in the streets of Bogota.
Together with Scania and Gas Natural Fenosa, Transmilenio presented the results of the tests on 21 February, while the bus was displayed on the transport company’s yard. This landmark for the city will drastically reduce emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, major air pollutants and one of the causes of global warming.
“A commitment of the Mayor Peñalosa’s administration is air quality. What we are doing is accommodating these technologies, proving them responsibly. We hope that it will work very well and that it will be an option for the fleet that we are going to link in our new tender for fleet provision,” said Alexandra Rojas, Transmilenio manager.
This bi-articulated bus, launched at the beginning of December 2016, features a gas chassis with a new urban concept that strengthens the complete offer for transport systems, as it is developed to surpass all expectations of safety, comfort, power and mobility, both of the passengers and driver. The engine meets not only Euro 6 international regulations, but emits 70% less than what it requires. In addition, it generates savings of more than 25% compared to diesel.