29 de April 2009
Higer arrives in Bogota with German hybrid-technology series buses
Juan Gabriel Pérez, CEO of Invest in Bogota, says: "We are proud of this case. About two years ago, the investment promotion agency convened a business conference to make the city aware of the technologies that are available in the world for mass urban transport with low carbon emissions. The objective of this activity was to set out the technological advancement plan for the city’s mobility. Higer saw a business opportunity in Bogota in light of the priority given by the district government to migrate the city’s entire public transport fleet to clean technologies."
Pérez explains: "The technological advancement plan (PAT) promoted by the Bogota government aims to implement buses with low-carbon technologies through four lines of action: the laboratory city (Latin America’s clean technologies testing center for public transport); clean corridors (two corridors that will be operated with 200 hybrid buses); green buses in mixed traffic (790 12-meter buses to operate on 25 pioneer routes), and green buses on exclusive lanes (1,215 18-meter buses that will be part of fleet renewal system). The PAT opens the way for the city to attain international standards for emissions and significantly improve the quality of life of its inhabitants."
Alan Ma, General Manager of Higer Colombia, adds: "We saw in Bogota a great business opportunity and our goal is to offer the city high-quality vehicles with German series hybrid propulsion technology, namely electric buses operating with two sources of energy that can migrate to 100% electric. This technology has already been tested successfully in cities such as London, Vienna, Barcelona, Munich and Metz among others. Our buses are environmentally friendly, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The German series hybrid technology used in Higer buses meets the requirements established by the Technological Advancement Plan (PAT) of Bogota and offers the city more efficient and profitable vehicles, which also produce less noise, thus substantially improving the quality of life of the citizens."
To provide a tailored offer, Higer sought advice from Colombian experts to particularly condition the vehicles as required by Colombian law. Therefore the buses that arrive in the country will have all the technical specifications required for immediate operation. According to Higer’s world-wide production capacity and its experience in meeting the needs of Bogota’s transport sector, the multinational will be able to bring into the country 12, 18 and 27 m hybrid-series buses, within a maximum period of four months. Initially, at least 500 units of assembled vehicles will arrive in the country; if the local market justifies the investment, Higer will bring in just the chassis for local assembly.
Higer’s spokesman concludes: "The advantage of Higer’s hybrid buses in series lies in their ability to migrate to future 100% electric systems, i.e., they are designed to suit the needs of the transport systems in which they operate. Similarly, Higer Colombia will provide a full after-sales and distribution service that will guarantee that customers have a specialized technical team on call and original brand spare parts."
Higer Bus Company Limited is a recognized multinational that through its vehicle research, development and manufacturing processes exports to over 85 countries worldwide. In 2013, the company sold more than 25,000 vehicles.
Higer’s vehicle manufacturing plant is located in the Suzhou Industrial Park, with an area of 800,000 m2, with an annual production capacity of 3,500 units of vehicles and chassis. The company has successfully launched more than 300 models of buses for passenger transport, tourism, schools, urban mobility, etc.
In Latin America, Higer is present in countries such as Chile, Venezuela and Costa Rica.