Dina CNG Buses to Replace Aged Fleet in Puerto Vallarta (MX)

| Mexico, Puerto Vallarta

DINA Linner G CNG bus for Unibus PVIn Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, Mexican bus manufacturer Dina (part of the Grupo Empresarial G consortium) presented the Linner G and Runner 9G buses to Unibus PV at the end of last week. The public transportation company has ordered 327 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in total to replace its ageing fleet.

The presentation took place in the presence of the Secretary of Mobility of the State of Jalisco, Servando Sepúlveda, who explained the buses are a major upgrade for Unibus PV. The buses will be used for public transport routes in Puerto Vallarta, a principal tourist destination, under the new route-company model of the Integrated Public Transport System (SITRAN).

Of the 327 units, 105 will be Linner G and the rest will be Runner 9G. The first 47 buses will be delivered by the end of February and service a 30 km daily route, benefiting more than 20,000 users. The balance of the order is expected by June this year.

The Linner G is equipped with a Cummins ISL G 8.9 litre engine, with emissions certification of EPA 13. The Runner 9G is powered by the Cummins B Gas Plus 5.9 litre engine, rated for Euro V.

The  Secretary of Mobility of Jalisco, informed that the Mexican shipowner  committed to deliver the total of the new fleet to modernize the fleet that will circulate in one of the main tourist points of the country, at the latest in June.

Government support

According to the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change, last year the Government of Mexico presented the National Air Quality Strategy (ENCA). Through Nacional Financiera, it was announced that the states were to be granted more than 4 billion pesos (approx. USD 250 million) to renew public transport using cleaner and more efficient technologies. Similarly, SEMARNAT (Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources) was to contribute 160 million pesos (USD 8.6 million) for the conversion to natural gas of new public transport vehicles.

In 2013, emissions from mobile sources of motor transport in Mexico were 174,156.53 Gg of CO2e, contributing with 26.2% of total national emissions.

Source: Dina and Government of Mexico

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