Scania has started the delivery of 355 Euro 6 buses for Santiago de Chile’s public transport system.

Deliveries to the operator, Express Uno began in June and will be completed in September.

Scania says the Euro 6 buses represent a considerable improvement compared to the Euro 5 emissions standard, reducing emissions by up to ten times and by up to 40 times compared to Euro 3 buses, which presently constitute a large part of the urban bus system.

Of the new vehicles, bodybuilt by Caio Induscar, 220 are 12.5-metre buses for 99 passengers and 135 articulated 18.6-metre buses for 159 passengers.

Scania will additionally support Express Uno with 24-hour repair and maintenance services at three operator workshops. The agreement includes training of Express Uno’s bus drivers and online monitoring of the fleet utilising the Scania Fleet Management system. The objective is to uphold an operational uptime of 99%.

The new buses are equipped with sockets for charging mobile phones, Wi-Fi connectivity, security cameras and an enclosed driver’s station with a safety panel and air conditioning.

The buses are manufactured at Scania’s production plant in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil and shipped 250 km to Caio Induscar’s bodybuilding facilities in Botucatu, before being transported in 10-15 days across the Andes Mountains to Santiago.

“Scania is contributing to renewing Red Metropolitana de Movilidad’s public transport bus fleet with the aim of improving efficiency and establishing a more sustainable city,” said Scania Chile MD, Pascal Zappone.