MAJOR ORDER FOR 276 CITARO NGT FROM MADRID
Transport operator EMT in Madrid places an order for another 276 Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT urban buses. With this latest order in 2020 there will be 672 environmentally friendly Citaro NGT buses in service in Madrid. This is the fourth major order from Madrid in quick succession.
EMT placed its first order two years ago for 82 urban buses of the then newly launched Citaro NGT. 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 12 metre solo buses with a Mercedes-Benz OM 936 G natural gas engine which delivers maximum torque of 1200 Nm. According to Mercedes-Benz in some situations the engine undercuts the Euro 6 emissions limit, for CO2 emissions by 10% below those of a diesel engine, with biogas it will almost be CO2-neutral. Noise emissions are up to 4 dB(A) lower.
The Citaro NGT buses destined for EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid) feature a very specific equipment range. The rear end is closed, with the usual large rear window omitted. Passengers enter the bus at the front via an inward folding door and in the middle via an electrically powered swivelling-sliding door. Both a cassette ramp and a folding ramp are provided for wheelchair users. Inside, the handrails retain their prominent yellow colour. Passengers sit on sculpted seats and will find five double USB sockets available for charging their portable devices.