On Monday the city of Curitiba unveiled its latest innovation in transport: hybrid buses comprising an electric engine alongside a biodiesel one. The buses will find their way onto the city’s streets next year and will be fully operational by the time the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ gets under way.
Three of the first five lines where the new buses will run pass by the Arena da Baixada, one of the venues at the world finals, and by next year 60 of them will be operating on the streets of the city, the capital of Parana state.
Their introduction will have a positive impact on the environment, helping to cut emissions by 90 per cent and fuel consumption by 30 per cent.
The electric and biodiesel engines can operate in tandem or separately, with the electric one used to start the bus and help it reach a speed of approximately 20 kmh and to generate energy when the brakes are applied.
The biodiesel engine comes into operation at higher speeds. When the brakes are used the deceleration energy charges the batteries, and when the vehicle comes to a halt in heavy traffic, at bus stops or traffic lights, the biodiesel engine switches off.
“It’s an achievement that consolidates the progress the city has made, especially in transport and development, where respect for the environment is a focal point,” said the city’s Mayor, Luciano Ducci. “The new buses are going to help visitors who come to watch the World Cup in Curitiba get around the city.”