According to Mobility councilman of Palma José Hila, the new buses will save up to 1.9 million Euros per year. “Considering that the average life of a bus is 10 years, during this period there would be a savings of 19 million, which is approximately the cost of the 58 CNG units we want to buy next year,” said the official during the presentation of study along with the EMT’s director Fuensanta Paris.
Hila also noted that this technology involves an environmental improvement, as with the 58 buses there would be less emissions (about 145 tons of nitrate, two of solid particles in suspension and more than 60 tons of carbon monoxide per year). In turn, this reduction entails, according to the study, a saving of nearly 450 thousand Euros and other medical expenses related to air pollution, while this figure would increase up to 3.7 million in 10 years.
This acquisition represents a significant “improvement” for the EMT’s fleet that “can provide the same service that today, or better, at lower costs,” said Hila, while also remarked that council will probably decide on the procedure of purchase by next month.