Sagalés – Caldentey announced the purchase of seven IVECO Crossway Line vehicles powered by natural gas. These units, with the ECO label, are intended to operate school and discretionary transport services on the island of Mallorca and are the first IVECO vehicles in Spain with Step E technology in Euro 6 engines and powered by CNG. With this acquisition, Sagalés – Caldentey reaffirms its commitment to sustainable mobility, while adapting its fleet to more environmentally responsible models.
The IVECO model is 13 meters long and is adapted with a lifting platform for people with reduced mobility. These coaches are equipped with the latest road safety technologies such as reverse parking sensors and cameras, as well as lane change cameras. They also incorporate the latest advances in reducing NOx and CO₂ particle emissions.
These seven new vehicles, presented at the Sagalés operating base in Felanitx, will be added to the current fleet that operates school and discretionary transport in the Llevant-Migjorn area, based in Felanitx. With a total of 20 units, the new fleet is intended for the execution of the different school transport contracts that were won in the contest of the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Balearic Islands.
“We are moving towards a horizon of trying to decarbonize the transport sector, something very difficult. We have to start taking small steps but that reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The transport sector generates many CO₂ and NOx emissions and today it is very difficult to replace all vehicles with electric or hydrogen vehicles, but small changes are powerful and the fact of adding these natural gas vehicles represents an investment and an innovation,” said Ramon Sagalés, CEO of Sagalés
“From the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Balearic Islands, when we present new tenders, we always try to improve safety and sustainability for the common good of all citizens, but we understand that this cannot be a global demand on all routes, because we could not undertake it. It is a long-term goal that we have to progressively reach,” said Amanda Fernández, General Director of Early Childhood, Innovation and the Educational Community.
The seven vehicles received a subsidy of 30,000 euros per unit granted by the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, to transform the passenger and freight transport fleets of private road transport companies, within the framework of the Recovery Plan, Transformation and Resilience, financed by the European Union “Next Generation EU”.
Source: Sagalés – Caldentey