Three new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered ambulances have been introduced to Liszt Ferenc International Airport by AMS, the airport emergency service and bodyguard transport organization. The Airport Medical Service assists many of the airport’s disabled passengers to move between the terminal and aircraft.
Three brand-new Fiat Ducato ambulances replaced diesel-powered ambulances, reducing fuel emissions and contributing favorably to the improvement of airport air quality and helps to combat climate change. Compared to petrol, natural gas reduces CO2 emissions by 23%. Natural gas engines minimise the most harmful emissions, such as fine particles, nitrogen oxides and the most reactive hydrocarbons, which lead to the formation of other pollutants.
Budapest Airport launched its “Greenairport” program several years ago, which aims to reduce the environmental burden caused by the operation of the airport, carbon footprint and assist airport partners to join the program. As part of thisprogram, the ambulances join other natural gas powered vehicles also in use at the airport.
“We welcome the voluntary investment of AMS by providing compressed natural gas vehicles at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport and also supporting the implementation of the Greenairport program,” said Gábor Szarvas, Budapest Airport’s Environmental, Safety and Community Relations Manager.
“This month we moved more than seven thousand disabled people. Our goal is to replace our conventional fleet of vehicles with environmentally friendly technologies in the future,” emphasized Gábor Agócs, AMS Rescue Service Executive Director.
The Ducato Natural Power van, equipped with the low environmental impact F1 CNG Natural Power engine running on natural gas, delivers power of 136 HP and peak torque of 350 Nm. It is capable of performance similar in all respects to that of a diesel engine and with a range, on natural gas, of 400 km (500 km with both fuels).