February 11, 2020. The Community of Madrid, Spain, continues to renew the bus fleet of the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid with new, more sustainable vehicles, powered by alternative fuels. The Minister of Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido, presented 13 new buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) at the Ruiz group filling station, one of the dealerships that incorporate the vehicles.
The new CNG-powered buses allow reducing CO2 emissions by 20% and those of particles and nitrogen oxides by 85% compared to those that use diesel as fuel. In addition, they reduce noise by 50% compared to that generated by a conventional bus. These buses, which have meant an investment of 3.7 million Euros, will be incorporated into line 352, which links Madrid with Fuentidueña and Tarancón, (three buses) and 484, which links Madrid with Leganés (the 10 vehicles remaining).
“These new buses provide a fundamental service such as facilitating mobility while continuing to meet the responsibility for sustainability. And they not only reduce pollutant emissions, but also have better security systems, are accessible as our entire fleet and have services that we consider essential today, from Wi-Fi to USB chargers,” said Garrido.
At present, the intercity bus fleet of the Regional Transport Consortium, consisting of 2,057 vehicles, has 27% of buses powered by alternative fuels, such as natural gas and electric hybrids. The fleet has an average age of 4.5 years and is 100% accessible.