The Colombian city of Cartagena has put 147 Scania Euro 6 gas buses into operation within its new transport system. The deal to supply the vehicles is Scania’s largest to date for Euro 6 gas technology in South America.
Cartagena has selected Scania as the exclusive provider for two trunk lines of the city’s brand new Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, Transcaribe. Scania will provide 147 Euro 6 gas buses to the city, as well as contracts for service and maintenance.
Provider of sustainable transport solutions
A key factor in the city’s choice of provider was Scania’s expertise in providing sustainable transport solutions for cities around the world.
The buses feature the latest low-emission technology for urban transport and meet the most demanding emissions standards in Europe. Cartagena’s decision to operate the buses makes it the first city in Colombia to use a gas solution for urban transport and will lead to a significant reduction in the emissions produced by its transport fleet. The system will set a new benchmark for sustainable transport in Colombia.
Various companies have been chosen to operate the new BRT, including Sotramac and Transambiental.
Keeping track of vehicles and performance
Sotramac will operate some 58 18-metre articulated gas buses, equipped with 320 hp engines and the capacity for 160 passengers. Transambiental will operate 89 12-metre standard gas buses equipped with 280 hp engines.
All the buses will rely on the Scania Fleet Management system which provides real-time data from vehicles in areas such as fuel-consumption, routes taken, service needs, and driver behaviour.