July 23, 2020. Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia-Romagna (TPER) presents the new 31 12-meter Citymoods buses powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) destined for the metropolitan area of Bologna, Italy.
While Citymoods are still being supplied and are expected to enter service in the fall, in the meantime, two vehicles were unveiled in Piazza Maggiore. Its main feature “is ecological compatibility, which provides a decidedly green contribution to the suburban fleet – underlines TPER – allowing respect for the environment to be combined with considerable autonomy”. LNG vehicles can also run on biomethane, which implies a reduction to zero of CO2 and emissions of nitrogen oxides and particles (NOx), as well as lower fuel costs.
“These buses also stand out for their total accessibility, since they can accommodate passengers with reduced mobility,” according to the company. The Citymoods are, in fact, “the first on the European scene among vehicles powered by liquid methane that are produced with a low platform.”
Finally, the version with four tanks “ensures an autonomy of more than 1,000 kilometers, more than double that of the models of compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel,” says TPER. The purchase was made in the framework of a European tender of around eight million euros: more than 90% paid by TPER, the rest financed with European funds made available by the Emilia-Romagna region.
Local public transport “that knows how to combine quality and respect for the environment is one of our priorities,” emphasizes Governor Stefano Bonaccini, recalling that the new vehicles “are part of a total package of 165 buses from all companies in the public sector that the Region has co-financed with more than 14 million euros.”