August 18, 2020. With the commissioning of ten new buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), the City Council of Huelva, Spain, completes the renewal of 50% of the fleet of Empresa Municipal de Transportes Urbanos S.A. (EMTUSA), having incorporated 20 new vehicles since the last mandate with a total investment of 6.4 million euros.
“We continue to make decisive progress in the commitment to public transport and sustainable mobility in the city with the renewal of an obsolete fleet that had an average age of 25 years”, highlighted the Mayor of the Huelva capital, Gabriel Cruz, in the presentation of these vehicles, which present some novelties compared to the ten that arrived in the city in autumn 2018, “once again offering a leap in quality, accessibility and comfort in this service.”
Thus, these buses have one more door, so they have three entrances, improving the fluidity of movements. The seats have also been optimized, integrating new handles at the front of the aisle; screens have been installed in the first positions, further protecting the area reserved for wheelchairs or baby carriages; wood-effect flooring has been chosen and the air conditioning systems have been updated. In addition, accessibility issues have been reinforced by integrating sound notices and Braille plates at different points on the bus.
The new buses are from the MAN brand (Lion’s City A21-CNG model), with the latest technology and ecological compressed natural gas fuel. The use of CNG represents a great environmental improvement, reducing emissions to the atmosphere by 95%, reducing noise pollution by 5% and achieving a 30% saving in fuel bills.