Scania's commitment to gas engines, in order to develop buses and trucks with lower emissions, continues to yield results in Latin America. A process that takes almost a decade of work in the region, reaches another milestone in Argentina, where very quickly the brand's trucks have gained acceptance by transporters and also in urban passenger mobilization.
Now it is the turn of the road segment, thanks to the joint work carried out between Scania Argentina and Saldivia Buses, one of the most active local manufacturers, which recently made an investment of 9 million dollars to adjust its plant and processes, in addition to updating of their Aries road models.
Precisely on the entry version of this Aries family, which distinguishes Saldivia's road buses, the first gas-powered bus for road applications has been presented, with the contribution of Scania and its K320CNG chassis, in 4X2 configuration. The 5-cylinder 9.3-liter OC09 101 engines delivers 320HP and 1,500Nm of torque, making it ideal for short and medium distances.
A well-known and proven engine, since that Euro VI gas technology developed by Scania has allowed it to significantly increase its participation in Latin American urban transport systems, especially in Colombia, where more than 2,000 buses run, with propellants that deliver between 280 and 340 horsepower.
As seen in other models developed in South America, the luggage space of the Saldivia Aries 345 bodywork of 1,050 mm in the hold is reduced to give space to the tanks where the fuel is stored, which allow an autonomy that is around the 300 kilometers. There are no changes in the style of the builder's bus, whose plant is located in the Alvear commune of the province of Santa Fe.
If a transporter were to require greater autonomy, the increase in the number of natural gas storage tanks can be studied. With this new development, Saldivia Buses continues to work hand in hand with chassis manufacturers, offering a diversified portfolio of products and understanding the demands of operators, who also go through the commitment to deliver environmentally friendly forms of interurban transportation.