October 21, 2020. A bus powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and biomethane began to circulate in the test phase in Salvador this Wednesday. According to the government of the Brazilian state of Bahia, it is the first capital of the Northeast to receive the vehicle, which has already passed through cities in the south and southeast regions.
The vehicle has a capacity for 110 passengers, with air conditioning, a lifting platform and a special seat for the visually impaired accompanied by a guide dog.
Until next Monday, the bus will travel the Airport-Praia do Forte route, between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The price of the ticket will be R$ 8.10. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the vehicle will travel with reduced capacity, as a way to avoid the proliferation of the virus.
According to State Infrastructure Secretary Marcus Cavalcanti, the demonstration period will serve to evaluate future transportation tenders. Among the benefits of this transport model is the reduction of greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxide emissions, as well as the reduction of noise pollution in large cities, due to the low noise emission.
Also according to the government, the arrival of the vehicle in the Bahian capital is part of an experimental action involving Bahiagás, the State Secretariat for Infrastructure (Seinfra) and the automotive company Scania.