The fleet of Madrid’s Municipal Transport Company, Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT), has been boosted by fourteen MAN NG-313F articulated buses, its first articulated compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. These new units will serve EMT line 27 (Plaza Castilla – Embajadores), which is the most widely used of the entire network with nearly 0.9 million commuters monthly. Eighteen more MAN NG-313F CNG buses will join the fleet in 2013 to make up the total order for 32 buses.
The new articulated buses are equipped with a 310 hp, 12 816 cc engine. Mounted on ten tyres and with a hinge system that allows a maximum radius of rotation of 52 degrees, the bus is 18 meters long and weighs 18 tons. It has eight CNG tanks of 205 liters each, representing a total capacity of 1640 liters of fuel.
Bodywork is by Galician builder of buses and coaches, Carrocera Castrosua SA. In consultation with EMT, Castrosua has configured the buses for 140 passengers — 45 seated and 95 standing, automatic climate control, wheelchair ramp and wheelchair carriers.
These buses form part of EMT’s 2012 planned acquisition of 123 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and hybrid vehicles.
(This article compiled using information from an EMT press release)