The Mayor of Palma Jose Hila, together with the Deputy Mayor for Sustainable Mobility Francesc Dalmau, and the Manager of the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) Mateu Marcús, presented the second phase of the renewal of the EMT fleet. Thus, the municipal company will acquire 59 new buses, which will arrive between 2022 and 2023. The planned investment is 25 million euros.
Of these 59 vehicles, 48 will run on natural gas: 44 high-capacity 18-meter Scania buses with an investment of 17.5 million euros, and four 8-meter minibuses that will serve small towns and scattered areas with an investment of 700,000 euros. On the other hand, Palma will acquire five 12-meter green hydrogen fuel cell buses with an investment of 4 million euros and Horizon 2020, IDAE and Government subsidies, and six 12-meter battery electric vehicles, with an investment of 3.5 million euros through the MITMA/Next Generation fund of the European Union.
“We are committed to public transport because we want citizens to use it more and more, we are complying. It allows us to build a more sustainable Palma, a city objective and a clear commitment from this government,” said Mayor Hila.
Moreover, the Councilor for Sustainable Mobility recalled that the renovation “was done taking into account that it was a seven-year project.” “We change the fuel for a cleaner one, with less environmental impact and provide the same service,” said Dalmau.
This new purchase will mean that 80% of the EMT fleet will be renewed by 2023 and, in addition, an expansion of the fleet, which will go from 178 buses to 200. This renovation will also allow 80% of the fleet to run on natural gas and 5% on solar energy by 2023. In this way, diesel will only be used by 15% of the fleet and will therefore be a minority. The first phase of the fleet renewal started in 2018 and involved the purchase of 100 new CNG buses.
Source: Palma City Council