In Porto, a coastal city in northwest Portugal, Collective Transport Society of Porto (STCP) operates the public transport company. In accord with its commitment to sound environmental practices, STCP has set in motion the acquisition of 173 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered bus chassis from MAN Truck & Bus Portugal for its new CNG citybuses.
The buses were bought within the scope of the public tender launched this year by the company, and they will be outfitted with bodyworks by the national bodybuilder CaetanoBus, based in nearby Gaia. The delivery of the first units should start in 2018, and the last vehicles will be delivered during 2020.
The chassis fulfill the emissions standard Euro 6c with a 6-cylinder CNG engine, and have an output of 310 hp. After having their bodies built, the buses will be in daily use in the city of Porto. 70 million passengers per year use the public transport in the Portuguese city, which means in average 200,000 people transported every day.
The official signing of the contract took place in the facilities of CaetanoBus, at Vila Nova de Gaia, on the 31st August, attended by the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa and the Minister of Environment João Pedro Matos Fernandes.
“We are obviously very pleased with this acquisition of 173 buses by STCP. The partnership between the company and MAN Truck & Bus Portugal started in 2000, and we intend to continue to work to maintain the trust and satisfaction of STCP with the quality of MAN vehicles and services”, said Heinz-Jürgen Löw during the ceremony.
Source: MAN Truck & Bus Portugal