The Córdoba City Council and the municipal bus company Aucorsa presented four new minibuses that run on CNG, in line with the latest acquisitions of the company that preferred this technology over electrification, understanding that it gives better guarantees than minibuses powered by batteries. Each vehicle cost 150,000 euros.
The new minibuses will not be incorporated into the company’s normal urban lines but will provide specific services. Two of them will go to the C-2 line of the historical city center, which at the moment is only partially provided and in the morning. As soon as the Realejo work is finished, which is currently going through San Lorenzo, the buses will recover (in the morning and afternoon) the original route.
The other two vehicles will be used as shuttle services to points of the city away from the trunk lines. Thus, one of them will connect the urbanizations of El Sol and Encinares de Alcolea with the neighborhood where users can take the outskirts line that connects with the city. The other minibus will be dedicated to the northern part of Brillante and Sansueña (to bring users closer to the network’s operational lines.
Each bus has 7 meters and 37 seats, a higher capacity than Aucorsa’s current minibuses. They also have all the necessary guarantees for use by people with reduced mobility or who have to carry baby carriages.
The mayor of Córdoba José María Bellido supported the use of CNG vehicles as they reduce emissions and are more reliable. In fact, Aucorsa has ordered 12-meter buses powered by natural gas for one million euros to continue with the renewal of the fleet.