April 26, 2021. Scania has won a lot in the last tender of the Madrid Municipal Transport Company (EMT), for which it will renew its fleet with 170 vehicles of the brand powered by natural gas. These new buses will be delivered between 2021 and 2023 and are added to the 390 that already circulate on the streets of the Spanish capital, so that when deliveries are completed, EMT will have 560 Scania-Castrosua units.
The Scania N280 CNG buses are powered by a 9-liter, 5-cylinder, 280 hp engine, which offers the highest available torque – 1,350 Nm – on the market for its displacement and which allows exceptional dynamics of its powertrain. With a behavior similar to its diesel counterpart, it shares up to 80% of its components.
The vehicles have been bodied with the New City CNG model from Grupo Castrosua. It is a urban bodywork and all units are 12 meters long, have 2 doors and have 27 seats inside and space for two wheelchairs.
For Ignacio Cortezón, Commercial Director of Buses and Engines at Scania Ibérica, the trust placed by EMT de Madrid in Scania is an example of “the efficiency of our vehicle together with the high level of service offered to EMT, which results in high availability fleet and low operating costs”.
These buses present emission data that, in all the parameters of the Euro 6 standard, are below 50% of the allowed limits, contributing to the sustainability of the largest fleet of CNG buses in Spain, providing high performance and reliability. The future integration of biogas generation and its conversion to biomethane are real and effective options to ensure reductions of up to 90% in CO2 emissions.
In addition, they have multiple integrated fuel saving systems and excellent ergonomics and habitability for both passengers and driver, with a wider interior platform with fewer steps and more seats at the same height from the floor.