The Valladolid City Council presented the new natural gas station that will serve AUVASA’s (Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid) buses as well as the municipal waste collection and cleaning service’s trucks. This initiative is part of a five-year plan for the renewal of the municipality’s fleet and the implementation of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.
“Pollution in large cities forces us to look for alternatives to diesel vehicles, and natural gas is an answer to this, both from a technical and economic point of view. In this sense, the city is firmly convinced that we must advance in the protection of the environment in Valladolid. And today we are taking another step on that path to achieve a healthier and more sustainable city, and we do so by opning this CNG station, because natural gas-based transport technologies have proven to be more efficient than diesel by generating fewer emissions,” said Mayor Óscar Puente.
The forecast of this fleet renewal plan is the incorporation of at least 20 CNG trucks for the municipal cleaning service and 30 CNG urban transport buses by AUVASA, with a total investment planned in vehicles of about 15.5 million of euros.
The contract for the construction, management and maintenance of the natural gas station, as well as the fuel supply, was awarded to ENDESA Energía S.A.U. The new infrastructure includes: recent natural gas connection, metering and regulating (M&R) station, two compressors with the possibility of expanding to one more, associated mechanical and electrical installations, auxiliary storage, three refueling equipment (dispensers) with option of expansion, as well as the adaptation of the existing garages and workshops.
In addition, AUVASA presented its new 12-meter buses. These are three rigid IVECO Urbanway buses with Cursor 8 CNG 290 CV engine, which will be added to the circular lines (C1 and C2) and that represent a significant improvement in environmental terms and noise pollution in the city.
“For IVECO BUS, the second largest European bus manufacturer, it is a source of pride to be able to deliver these natural gas units to this beloved city, a fuel that we have been developing for more than 25 years and for which IVECO made a very strong commitment to leading those first steps of search for non-polluting fuels. We are convinced that they will provide a great service for many years and, without a doubt, we will continue to bet on being present in the next bids, with the aim of continuing to supply sustainable buses to this city so important for IVECO Spain,” said the Commercial Director of IVECO BUS Spain Alejandro Martínez.
Regarding the municipal cleaning service fleet, it reaffirms its commitment to this type of fuel with the introduction of seven new CNG vehicles. This service adds two rear-loading collectors and one dump truck from Scania, and two vans and two side-loading collectors from IVECO.
Source: Valladolid City Council / IVECO Spain