Spanish capital buys CNG bus fleet

The majority of buses operating in the Spanish capital city of Madrid will be powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), following a decision by the city’s government-owned operator to invest in the technology.

The Board of Directors of the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) approved the investment of 138 million Euros over the next two years to acquire 460 new buses for the city’s fleet. It represents the largest fleet renewal carried out by EMT in its 70-year history.

With these 460 buses, 100% of the EMT fleet will be powered by low-pollutant fuels by 2020, as set out in the city’s Air Quality Plan, none of which will be fully electric, unlike many other major global cities.

The new buses will be delivered by both Mercedes-Benz and Scania, with their Citaro NGT and N280-CNG models.

As well as the advanced powertrains, the buses benefit from the latest safety, comfort and passenger information systems, including multimedia information screens, Wi-Fi connections and USB chargers for mobile devices.