Madrid becomes the first major European city with a 100% clean bus fleet

The last diesel bus that circulated through the Spanish city has turned off its engine forever after making its last journey from Avenida de América to the Fuencarral Operations Center.

January 20, 2023. The last diesel bus that circulated through the Spanish city has turned off its engine forever after making its last journey from Avenida de América to the Fuencarral Operations Center. Madrid thus fulfills the promise made by its Mayor, Jose Luis Martínez-Almeida, in 2020 that no municipal bus powered by this fuel would travel the streets of the city after 2023, with the aim of reducing polluting emissions and improving quality from air. The city ranks as the first major European capital -in terms of the number of inhabitants and buses in service- that operates with a 100% clean fleet of municipal buses.

This government team has acquired 1,291 new and clean buses to renew 60% of the fleet. The effort of the Madrid City Council, together with the firm management carried out by the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT), has made possible the constant incorporation of new bus models that the European Union includes under the clean criteria according to the Clean Vehicles Directive (EU Directive 2019/11610). Thanks to this commitment, the last 12 EMT diesel buses have definitively stopped circulating in December, positioning Madrid at the head of Spain in compliance with the provisions of European regulations on fuels applied to urban transport. This milestone also coincides with the 75th anniversary of the EMT.

With the withdrawal of the last diesel bus, in 2023, the current 100% clean fleet of the EMT will be made up of 1,915 CNG buses and 180 electric ones. Next year, in addition, the municipal company will incorporate the first ten hydrogen buses and another 150 new electric ones.

A modern fleet, 100% clean and equipped with the latest technological innovations offered by the current market, this is one of the key objectives of the City Council’s Madrid 360 Environmental Sustainability Strategy and one of the axes of the EMT’s Strategic Plan until 2025 to adapt to the requirements established by the European directive and the new needs imposed by a large city like Madrid.

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