WOLTA ELECTRIC MINIBUS NOW IN MADRID
EMT, the Municipal Transport Company for Madrid has recently started the renewal of its fleet of electric minibuses. The first eight Wolta electric minibuses have arrived and started operation at the M1 and M2 lines. The remaining ten Wolta minibuses,will be delivered next year.
EMT awarded in March this year the contract to Car-Bus.net for the purchase of 18 electric 100% electric Wolta minibuses to replace the current Tecnobus Gulliver models, which provide service on the M1 and M2 lines. Of these new electric minibuses, eight are running already and the ten remaining will arrive in 2019. These vehicles will serve on the lines M1 (Sevilla-Embajadores) and M2 (Sevilla-Argüelles).
The Rampini Wolta is a 100% electric minibus that, like its predecessor, does not generate polluting emissions, neither acoustic nor atmospheric. It has a length of 6 meters and a width of 2.1 meters. It has capacity for 28 people (10 seats) and autonomy for about 150 kilometers. The batteries are charged at night, charging time is between 2 and 6 hours. The Rampini Wolta was presented at FIAA 2014, designed by Car-bus.net and electrificated by Rampini.
EMT was a pioneer in offering electric minibuses. The electric buslines M1 and M2 were inaugurated in 2008. The M1 line was presented in February 2008, while the M2 line started operating in September of the same year, after the good reception of the M1 line.
The urbanistic characteristics of the center of Madrid prevented buses, due to their length, from accessing the narrow streets of the center of the capital. With the arrival of electric minibuses, which were smaller and more manoeuvrable, it was possible to offer a route through the old town.