May 1, 2019. A fleet of 22 natural gas buses made by a Chinese company was put into operation in Sofia with the aim of improving air quality in the Bulgarian capital.

“I am glad that today we can delight the citizens of Sofia with these new ecological buses,” Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality, said at the launching ceremony.

The acquisition was part of the municipality’s air quality improvement program, Fandakova said.

In addition, the new vehicles made by Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co. would make traveling more convenient and comfortable, she said.

Wang Xuekun, economic and commercial counselor of the Chinese embassy in Bulgaria, said that this was the first batch of Yutong natural gas buses delivered to Europe. “It can serve as a very good example of cooperation between the two countries and between companies from both countries,” Wang said.