April 9, 2021. Since last March 15, the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (STCP), in Portugal, has already put 21 buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) into operation. The new vehicles comprise a batch of 86 purchased under the second call for the Operational Program for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (PO SEUR), and allow the company to provide a more efficient service at an environmental and economic level.
By October 2021, the remaining 60 CNG-powered buses will be integrated, 77% of which have the distinguishing feature of having the floor completely lowered, and also five 100% electric units, with a range of 350 kilometers.
At the end of the year, when the fleet renewal process is completed, the largest public transport operator in the Porto Metropolitan Area will have 274 new vehicles in operation, powered by natural gas and electricity.
Under PO SEUR, the STCP acquired 188 units between 2018 and 2020, 173 CNG buses and 15 100% electric units, in addition to the installation of filling stations for both alternative fuels.