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City of Palma puts into operation its first articulated CNG bus

The mayor of Palma Jose Hila, the Deputy Mayor of Sustainable Mobility Francesc Dalmau, and the manager of the Municipal Transport Company of Palma (EMT) Mateu Marcús, presented the first 18-meter articulated natural gas bus of the 28 units the EMT will incorporate. The new bus will be initially tested on lines 15 and 3, and then on lines 5, 7 and 8, the latter with the aim of evaluating the adaptation of this new model to the different turning angles of the city.

"It was an obligation to renew a fleet with buses that were over 20 years old, now we see the fruits of our commitment. We already have nine new buses circulating and we will not stop until the first half of 2020 when the other new ones arrive. They will allow us to provide a more quality, more sustainable, more comfortable and more accessible service," said Hila.

In turn, Dalmau stressed that the process of transformation of the EMT is "brutal" and explained that "these vehicles welcome the use of natural gas, a fact that will generate greater sensitivity to the climate and the environment while producing less noise."

This is the first of the 28 articulated buses that Scania has manufactured for EMT and that begins to operate in Palma. This vehicle has 144 seats and, together with the other 27 18-meter new buses and 12 15-meters buses, will allow the EMT fleet to multiply by three the number of large capacity buses.

It should be remembered that, since last May, the EMT has been receiving the first of 100 new vehicles propelled with natural gas that the board of directors ordered to Iveco (12-meter buses), MAN (15-meter buses) and Scania (18-meter articulated buses). The arrival of the new buses is expected to be gradually completed until the spring of 2020.

In addition to improving the service, the new buses incorporate a whole series of improvements that will make the fleet have more sustainable and eco-friendly (noise pollution is reduced by half) CNG vehicles and with a 21st century design and technology.

Source: Palma City Council

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