Overall, the city already owns 411 CNG-fueled buses
Barcelona’s public transport system added 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet
The mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) chairman and deputy mayor, Joaquim Forn, today led the launching ceremony of the new NGVs that will replace the same number of diesel-powered units and will be put into operation tomorrow. According to the executive vice president of the bus company, Dídac Pestaña, investment in clean buses -including hybrids- reaches 25 million euros, whose payment plan began in 2011 and will be completed in 2013.
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For the acquisition of the CNG buses, TMB has the financial support from Gas Natural Fenosa.
The 43.2% of the Barcelona’s public transport fleet, which gathers 1,064 vehicles in total, consists of clean-fuel buses, such as compressed natural gas fueled units and hybrids. Specifically, CNG-powered vehicles reduce nitrogen oxides emissions by 90% and carbon monoxide emissions by 85%, and decrease vehicle noise emission, the news agency EFE reported.
"Barcelona will have the cleanest fleet around Europe. It is not clever to stay thinking that these vehicles are the best without proving them, so it is essential that we pollute less every day," the City Mayor said proudly. The leader stressed that "it is not true that in a crisis situation we are not able to improve things," as he appreciated the efforts made by TMB for the renewal of its fleet.
In turn, Joaquim Forn stated that TMB reaffirmed its commitment to “protect the environment and to be proactive in promoting clean energy options." He added that, despite the economic instability, “TMB will remain as a badge of quality, innovation, dedication to service and protection of the environment."