Snam4Mobility, the Snam company active in sustainable mobility, and Arriva Italia, one of the main local public transport operators in Italy, have signed an agreement to launch a sustainable mobility development plan on the national territory, starting with local transport.
The partnership aims to create CNG, LNG and hydrogen refueling infrastructure at the service of Arriva Italia’s green fleets of in Piedmont, Aosta Valley, Lombardy and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. In the coming months, the two players will be involved in planning further interventions, in particular for H2 mobility.
The first phase of the collaboration will be applied in Brescia (Lombardy) with the opening of a CNG refueling station for buses in the Arriva Italia depot of the city. The refueling facility, which will come into operation in the first half of 2023, will supply up to 105 vehicles, all used for suburban transport in the city of Brescia and its province. To date, Arriva Italia’s fleet in Brescia consists of 416 buses, 14 of which are powered by natural gas.
The new station is the first built by Snam4Mobility for a private transport company in Italy. Connected to the Snam network, the facility will initially supply CNG and will be equipped with high-performance Cubogas compressors and storage to meet Arriva Italia’s fast refueling needs and according to industry standards (Cubogas is the 100% subsidiary of Snam4Mobility, leader in the design and manufacture of compression solutions for CNG, bio-CNG and H2). Subsequently, the natural gas station will also make it possible to supply biomethane.
Arriva plans a gradual update of the fleet by moving towards buses fueled by CNG and bio-CNG, currently considered the only alternative with a low environmental impact. This modernization plan will partly exploit public funds aimed at renewing the local public transport fleets.
Through the Ministerial Decree 315 of 2.08.2021, 600,000,000 euros are allocated for the renewal of the public transport fleets and for the construction of refueling infrastructure to support them. Due to the type of public service provided by Arriva, mainly on medium extra-urban distances, vehicles powered by (bio) CNG and LNG today represent the only zero-impact alternative to polluting vehicles powered by diesel.
Source: Arriva Italia