The MAN EcoCity vehicle will cover Cork routes
Ireland: transit operator begins trial of the country's first CNG-powered bus
In a move that may help reduce fuel costs and benefit the environment, Bus Éireann is piloting Ireland’s first ever natural gas bus in partnership with Bord Gáis Networks. Following the completion of the trial, the bus operator will evaluate the performance of the vehicle and will look to purchase NGVs for use on publicly subsidized services. The initiative was announced today by the Irish Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly.
The MAN Eco-city bus will operate across a number of city routes in Cork until August in a trial that will examine the potential fuel and emission savings from the vehicle, as well as its operational performance. It will refuel at CNG pump based at the Bus Éireann Capwell Road depot in Cork.
“This trial is an excellent initiative by Bus Éireann that has the potential to help towards the country’s target of 16 per cent of energy consumption coming from renewable sources by 2020 and increase our energy security. It is also great to see two semi-State companies working together on a project that could ultimately benefit communities and the country as a whole,” said Minister Kelly.
John Barry, Managing Director of Bord Gáis Networks, stated: “The use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel can bring great benefits, not only to the Irish transportation sector, but also to the local community in the form of cleaner air. We believe there is a viable opportunity for NGVs in Ireland and we are working with Bus Éireann and others to facilitate the development of a NGV industry.”
Source: Bord Gáis Networks