February 27, 2021. The City Council of Valladolid, Spain, promotes the improvement of public transport. The AUVASA Board of Directors has approved the framework agreement for the acquisition of buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), with an estimated value of 20,140,000 euros, which will allow the renewal of about 40% of the current fleet.
At present, AUVASA has an excessively aged fleet, with an average age of 12.78 years, despite the fact that since 2016 36 new buses have been incorporated, as a result of the commitment of the Valladolid City Council with the renewal process of the fleet of buses with which the urban transport service is provided in the city of Valladolid.
In this way, it will be possible to achieve a substantial improvement in service, alleviating aging, as well as reducing the high maintenance costs that derive from it, with a maintenance cost return ratio of around 11 years of age of the buses.
In addition, the new buses represent an improvement from the environmental point of view, in accordance with the energy efficiency levels of CNG-powered buses compared to conventional ones, with lower levels of polluting emissions of NO2 and particles, reduction of noise pollution and a significant improvement in ride and driving comfort. It should be remembered that AUVASA has a service station, recently installed, which will allow the refueling of all these new vehicles.
Regarding the technical requirements of the buses, they must have engines in accordance with the Euro VI/D regulations, with low polluting emissions and reduced noise levels, powered by CNG, with a rigid body of 12 meters and/or articulated of 18 meters and upper integral fairing. All of them will have three doors, which favors not only access to the vehicle but also ventilation levels and interior air renewal, a key aspect in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, but which will remain in the future as one of the indicators of quality in the service. They will also have casement windows on all the side windows.