June 1, 2021. The Madrid Municipal Transport Company (EMT) has awarded the tender for the acquisition of 520 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023, as well as for the purchase of 50 electric units. These acquisitions will allow the municipal company’s most polluting fleet to be withdrawn from circulation. As announced by the City Council last December, as of January 2023, the EMT will no longer provide service with diesel buses and its entire fleet will be made up of electric, natural gas and hybrid vehicles.
The awarding of the CNG buses, which had a base tender budget of 161.2 million euros, will ultimately involve an investment of 151.5 million euros. The procedure has been divided into three lots: the first, of 250 buses, has been awarded to Solaris Bus Ibérica with the Solaris Bus Urbino CNG model; the second, of 170 buses, has gone to Scania Hispania and its Scania N280 CNG Castrosúa model; and the third lot, of 100 vehicles, has been awarded to Evobus Ibérica with the Mercedes Citaro CNG model.
In the contest, energy and environmental aspects have been taken into account along with others such as quality and technical assistance, the cost in the life cycle, in addition to the criteria established by the EMT such as the adaptation to body building standards or the deadline for delivery.
After the award of the tender, the delivery of the 520 buses will take place in three years: the first 190 buses of this acquisition will arrive in 2021, in 2022 another 200 buses will be added and in 2023 another 130 vehicles will be received.
This delivery schedule will allow the current 383 diesel units to be taken out of service. This year 250 vehicles will stop operating and next year, the remaining 133.