May 26, 2021. On May 31, 2021, the charter bus company Turis Silva, from the southern region of Brazil, will present the start of operation of a standard vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and/or biomethane.
According to a note from the body manufacturer Marcopolo, the charter company wants to introduce units powered by cleaner fuels to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
The bus with a Scania chassis and engine will be used in the continuous charter operation on the Porto Alegre-Charqueadas route, transporting employees from Gerdau’s special steel unit, located in Charqueadas, Rio Grande do Sul.
The body is Marcopolo Paradiso New G7 1050, with a 320 horsepower Scania K 320 4×2 chassis. The configuration is for 44 passengers and the autonomy of the vehicle is about 300 kilometers. “In addition to the environmental benefits, the bus also offers savings in operating costs. The manufacturer explains that there is still interest on the part of gas distributors in promoting demand for the use of this fuel. The new vehicle powered by CNG and/or biomethane received modifications in the design of the body for the installation of gas cylinders between the chassis frame (under the floor) or above the roof. Its engine is the Otto Cycle (the same concept as cars) and runs 100% on natural gas and/or biomethane, or a mixture of both. It does not convert from diesel to gas, it has a factory guarantee, reliable and safe technology, constant performance and resistance similar to diesel, in addition to being quieter,” explain the companies involved in the project.