The Municipal Transport Company (EMT) of Madrid has acquired, for the first time since 2012, new buses to renew its fleet. With an investment of 63.6 million euros, the EMT has bought a total of 200 vehicles: 130 standard, 40 articulated (all powered by natural gas) and 30 hybrids. As is usual in recent years, the company has opted for the purchase of buses that meet the highest demands in terms of environmental sustainability, accessibility and safety.
The 130 CNG standard buses include 46 Scania N-280, with chassis by Castrosua, for a total amount of 13.6 million euros; 42 MAN Lion’s City, with chassis finished in Burillo, for an amount of 12 million euros; and 42 Mercedes Citaro NGT, with a cost of 12.2 million euros. As for the CNG articulated buses, there are 40 Mercedes Citaro G NGT for an amount of 15.6 million euros.
The new buses comply with the strictest European emission regulations (Euro VI or equivalent), which gives them the label of ‘clean’ buses, ideal for driving around the city’s Low Emissions Zone (ZBE) and for reducing the polluting footprint of the municipal fleet. In addition, the buses are the first of an ambitious municipal plan, led jointly by the City Council and the EMT, to reduce the average age of the municipal bus fleet from the current 9.4 years to 6.7 years by the end of 2019.
With this batch of green and sustainable buses, the ‘clean’ fleet of the EMT (Euro V or higher) is around 1,530 buses (more than 76% of the total), making EMT one of the largest fleets with low emission buses throughout Europe.