Madrid operator EMT will take a total of 276 Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT urban buses with natural gas engines in the next two years. The latest order will take the total of Citaro NGT buses in Madrid to more than 650.
“We are particularly pleased with the order from Madrid,” says Till Oberwörder, head of Daimler Buses. “It clearly shows that our Citaro NGT is proving its worth.”
EMT placed its first order two years ago for 82 urban buses of the then newly-launched Citaro NGT model. The following year, the company ordered another 314 buses. The current order means that there will be a total of 672 environmentally friendly Citaro NGT buses operating in Madrid from 2020.
The vehicles now on order are two-door 12m single-deck buses powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM 936 G natural gas engine.
Daimler claims that the environmental performance of the Citaro NGT means that CO2 emissions are up to 10 per cent below those of a diesel engine, and when using biogas, an NGT bus is almost completely CO2-neutral.
EMT is Spain’s biggest urban bus operator, employing more than 9,000 staff with a fleet of 2,000 buses covering around 90 million km and moving 430 million passengers a year.