The Board of Directors of the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) has approved an investment of EUR 138M (USD 161M) for the acquisition, during the next two years, of 460 new buses for the municipal fleet. All buses will be powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). It is the largest investment in fleet renewal carried out by EMT in its 70-year history.
With these 460 buses, 100% of the EMT fleet will be powered by low-pollutant fuels by 2020, as set out in the Air Quality Plan and as committed by the Municipal Government team at the start of the current mandate. The buses will be delivered in 2019 and 2020, 50 per year.
These vehicles join the 689 purchased by the municipal company between 2016 and 2018, representing a total of 1,349 buses in just five years, an unprecedented number in the history of EMT and a hugely relevant figure worldwide. This means that EMT will have renewed, in the 2016-2020 period, 70 percent of its fleet with an investment effort of close to 350 million euros.
The winning manufacturers of this new bus purchase have been Mercedes and Scania that will supply EMT with their Citaro NGT (276 units) and N280-CNG (184 units) models, respectively.
The new vehicles acquired by EMT incorporate the latest technologies in terms of safety, comfort and sustainability as well as advanced passenger information systems. Among many other things, these buses have multimedia information screens, Wi-Fi connection and USB chargers for mobile devices.