One of the world’s largest cities is Sao Paulo and became the first city in Brazil with ethanol-fuelled buses. Metropolitana acquired 50 buses that were manufactured by Scania and adapted them from University of Sao Paulo research.
Unica and Raizen will be producing and distributing ethanol and Metropolitana’s investment is in the area of US$13 million. The deal that was put together to get these buses running is between the City of Sao Paulo, the Sugar Cane Association (Unica), Scania, Raizen the ethanol producer and Metropolitana the operator.
This is the opportune time to change the public’s perception of Brazil’s public transportation. The use of cleans fuel is upon us and there is no looking back said Metropolitana’s chairman Niege Chaves. They are one of various operators in the system of public transportation in Sao Paulo and Recife. And Niege continued by saying they are proud to be a part of the innovative project.
Metropolitana has become the pioneer in investing, for public transport, in ethanol powered buses for urban Brazil. The company forms part of the Metropolitana Group that was founded in Recife, Pernambuco in 1982 and employs 3,200 with a fleet of over 760 vehicles that transport daily over 420,000 people. The operation in Sao Paolo started in 2008 and transports over 210,000 people daily.