The Mayor of Jerez Mamen Sánchez, the commercial director of Evobus Ibérica (subsidiary of Mercedes Benz) Pablo de la Peña Sainz, and the sales manager of this company Javier Iglesias Doce, signed the contract for the supply of nine CNG city buses that will be financed with European funds through the Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (EDUSI), co-financed by the EU through the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with an amount of nearly 3 million euros.
The new Mercedes Benz NGT vehicles are 12 meters long, 2.5 meters wide and 3.3 meters high. They feature a CNG engine with a power of 3,000 HP. Also, these are fully accessible buses with 2 seats for people with reduced mobility and access ramps.
Mamen Sánchez explained: “Today is a historic day for the city because we are taking an important step for the renewal of the bus fleet with the acquisition of nine completely new compressed natural gas vehicles, which are expected to circulate in the city in the term of six months.”
In this regard, the official said that “the signing of the contract is a turning point in terms of mobility and a great progress towards a more efficient public transport scheme because it begins a change of cycle and a firm and decisive bet for sustainability.”
“The incorporation of these nine vehicles means savings of 30% in fuel costs and will reduce emissions by 99.9% compared to Euro 1 and Euro 2 models,” Iglesias said.
Source: Jerez City Council