“This large bus is specially designed for mobility-enhancing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and each bus can replace 125 cars, with two passengers in each, on congested urban roads,” says Rutger Hörndahl, product manager BRT at Scania Buses and Coaches.
“The gas-powered engine will help decrease energy consumption and reduce urban pollution,” he adds.
The bi-articulated F340 HA 8×2 bus was developed in collaboration with Colombian bus bodybuilder, Busscar de Colombia.
Scania already has its largest Euro 6 gas bus fleet in the Colombian city of Cartagena. Their capacity for high-altitude operations – without loss of power and torque – has been verified through independent tests.
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Gas operations can significantly reduce particulate matter emissions. Additionally, when operated with biogas, carbon emissions can be reduced by up to 90% compared with conventional diesel.
Carbon emissions are also slightly lower when using natural gas, which has the added advantage of substantially lower noise levels.
Scania is convinced the bi-articulated Euro 6 gas bus will be of increasing interest to cities around the world as they address urban pollution.