February 16, 2021. An alliance between Scania and Marcopolo will allow Turis Silva, a transport operator located in southern Brazil, to launch the first highway bus powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) for tourist applications, commercial service, rental and short excursions. The vehicle will be used to transport employees of the Gerdau steel company, at the Charqueadas plant, in Rio Grande do Sul state.
The business transport operation, in charge of Turis Silva Transportes, will be under a demonstration contract on a route from Porto Alegre-Charqueadas-São Jerônimo, on a daily route of 190 km. To date, the unit is in the last details of the certification and homologation process to receive the circulation permit. “We are very excited about this pioneering operation. There will be no more reason to continue having diesel as the only option. Requests from contractors for greener products are increasing every day and sustainability is a path of no return. I am convinced that it will be the first of many gas-powered buses for rent”, assured Jaime Silva, founder and owner of Turis Silva Transportes.
The K 320 4×2 model has a 9.3-liter engine that produces 320HP, the propeller is Otto Cycle and runs 100% on gasoline and biomethane, or a mixture of both. It does not convert from diesel to gas, it is a dedicated power unit with factory warranty, reliable and safe technology, consistent performance and diesel-like strength, as well as being quieter. Eight gas cylinders were installed in the front with a range of 300 km. If a customer wants more autonomy, it is possible to evaluate the location of more cylinders and for the development of the body there are no significant changes. Marcopolo chose the Paradiso New G7 1050 bodywork to equip the historic bus, capable of carrying up to 44 passengers. It is equipped with Wi-Fi internet access, ambient entertainment screens, semi-bed seats, camera monitoring system, individual USB sockets and air conditioning. The model also has different solutions from the Marcopolo BioSafe platform to protect the occupants from pathogens that could cause diseases such as Covid-19, like a toilet and air conditioning system with UV-C lamps to disinfect the environments; curtains with antimicrobial material, and gel dispenser at the entrance of the access staircase.