March 8, 2019. In its 72-year history, the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid, Spain, had never made an investment effort in fleet renewal such as the one carried out for the 2016-2020 period. In these five years, EMT will complete the 60% renewal of its fleet by acquiring 1.222 new buses worth 389.6 million euros. This figure is not only a milestone in the history of the municipal company but is one of the largest figures in Europe. Thanks to this, at the end of 2020 the entire EMT bus fleet will be green, that is, with zero or low emissions.
In addition to this heavy investment, intended for the renovation and expansion of the bus fleet in Madrid, actions have also been taken to adapt the existing fleet for an amount exceeding 3.22 million euros. And, in parallel, EMT is carrying out an important investment, which exceeds 18 million euros, in the improvement of the Operations Centers in order to adapt its technical facilities to the new bus propulsion systems (CNG, hybrids, electrical, induction).
Regarding the new mobile material, in the period 2016-2018 EMT has acquired a total of 697 buses for an amount of 216.1 million euros. Of these almost 700 vehicles, 590 are standard buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), 54 are articulated CNG buses, 30 are standard hybrid buses, 15 are standard electric buses and 8 are electric minibuses.
For this year and the next, the purchase of 525 more buses is planned: 460 CNG standard, 55 electric standard and 10 electric minibuses. For this purpose, EMT will invest 92.6 million euros in 2019 and 81 million euros in 2020.