Madrid’s bus renewal programme takes a further step

13 March 2017  •  Author(s): Rachael Harper

Scania will deliver a further 160 gas city buses to the Spanish capital as part of Madrid’s complete bus renewal programme.

The municipal transport company, EMT Madrid, will take delivery of 80 new buses this year and a further 80 buses will be added to the fleet in 2018. This order is in addition to the 46 Scania gas buses ordered last year.

“Interest in gas-fuelled operations has surged worldwide…”

“Thanks to lower carbon emissions and noise reduction, interest in gas-fuelled operations has surged worldwide,” said Anna Carmo e Silva, Head of Buses and Coaches at Scania. “The Scania buses with the acclaimed Euro 6 gas engine is comparable in performance to a diesel engine. It is therefore an increasingly popular option, especially among European operators.”

Madrid’s low-emission programme

Madrid has initiated an ambitious programme to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions with the stated goal to ban diesel by 2025. Half of the EMT fleet (more than 1,500 buses) is already gas powered and with the scheduled deliveries that share will be even higher.

The bodywork of the 12-metre low floor buses will be built by Spanish-based company, Castrosua.

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