Twelve new compressed natural gas-powered buses Irisbus Citelis CNG have already arrived to Klaipeda. These buses will start running on the streets of Klaipeda upon the completion of all necessary formalities. Fuel for these buses, as well as for the other LNG-driven buses operated in Klaipeda will be supplied by a compressed natural gas compressor station equipped by the company SG dujos.
Klaipeda bus fleet has acquired the new buses for EU funds under the project “Complex public transport development”. Some part of the funds was added by the Municipality of Klaipeda City.
“We are very happy that we will see the new city buses eventually. For the last time, the bus fleet of Klaipeda City was renewed with new buses more than two decades ago – in 1989. Furthermore, these ones will be the first new compressed natural gas-driven buses,”- says Mrs. Jelizaveta Daugininkiene, the General Manageress of Klaipeda bus fleet.
Currently, nine compressed natural gas-powered buses run in the port city, but all of them are more than ten years old. “It will be very pleasant to provide these absolutely new vehicles to the townspeople. I think, it is an important event not only for us, the carriers, but also to the townspeople,” – says Mrs. J. Daugininkiene.
The buses Irisbus Citelis CNG are assembled in Vysoke Myto, Czech Republic. They are equipped with engines IVECO Cursor 8 meeting the requirements of Euro 5 and EEV. The transmission is “Voith”, automatic with retarder. Safety of passengers will be ensured by an air brake system, as well as ABS, ASR and EBS systems.
The vehicles are painted in three colours – orange, grey and green. They are all fitted with a roof-mounted cylinders made of special composite materials containing 1240 litres of gas. With this quantity of fuel without any addition, the bus will be able to drive about 400 miles.
“We hope that the buses supplied by us will meet the expectations of Klaipeda’s carriers and please the townspeople,” – says Mr. Linas Chadasevicius, the Vehicle Sales Manager of the company Transmitto, representing the Irisbus in Lithuania.
The exceptional feature of the buses is two doors. “In this way, the vehicle is able to carry more passengers as it is possible to install more seats in it. Such feature was requested by Klaipeda bus fleet’s managers, “- says Mr. L. Chadasevicius.
All Irisbus Citelis CNG buses are low-floor, adapted for people with disabilities. Their length is twelve meters. All buses will be painted in orange, grey and green colours – the city of Klaipeda has acquired the vehicles of such design from Hanover few years ago.