Scania Inks Deal for 147 Natural Gas Buses in South America


Scania has announced it will provide 147 Euro 6 natural-gas-powered buses to the Colombian city of Cartagena. The city selected Scania as the exclusive provider for two trunk lines for Cartagena's brand-new bus rapid transport (BRT) system, called Transcaribe.

According to Scania, Cartagena will become the first city in Colombia to use natural gas solutions for urban transport.

‘Scania Euro 6 gas buses are a reality in urban transport in Europe, and now it's time for Colombia to take advantage of them. We are setting a new standard of sustainable transport in the country,” says Benoit Tanguy, managing director at Scania in Colombia. “The technology is ideal for urban centers because of the low levels of both emissions and noise.”

Various companies have been chosen to operate the new BRT, including Sotramac and Transambiental.

Sotramac will take delivery of 58 18-meter articulated Scania buses, equipped with 320 hp engines and a capacity for 160 passengers. Transambiental will receive 89 12-meter standard Scania buses equipped with 280 hp engines.

Scania notes it will be responsible for providing both operators with the buses, as well as ongoing maintenance of the vehicles.

The first Scania buses will begin operating on Cartagena's BRT in the second half of this year.

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