On 14th of November, eight new compressed natural gas-powered buses were presented to the residents of the town Marijampolė. Mariampolė has acquired seven Castrosua City Versus Citelis CNG buses driven by compressed natural gas and one hybrid – gas and electricity – powered bus Castrosua Tempus Hybrid under the special programme of climate change ‘Replacement of low emission buses through the renewal of bus fleet vehicles’.
“We are glad with the opportunity to introduce the completely new, environmentally friendly buses to the residents of the town. In absence of the climate change programme, we would not have been able to afford them. This is a great gift to the town and the residents of the town “, – says Ms Dalytė Venčkauskienė, the Director of Marijampolė bus fleet. Immediately after the presentation, all buses will drive to the streets of the town. The managers of Marijampolė bus fleet are intending to buy more gas-powered buses in future. “We will necessarily acquire more, maybe smaller, CNG-powered buses. Our objective is to achieve that only green, environmentally friendly vehicles would drive in the streets of our beautiful town”- says Ms D. Venčkauskienė.
It should be reminded that under the Climate Change Programme, nine bus fleets of the country have received 93 Spanish passenger vehicles: 83 gas-powered buses and ten buses powered by electricity and gas. The vehicles cost nothing to national carriers – the funds for their purchase were received for so-called emission allowances sold by Lithuania to Spain. Both Castrosua City Versus CNG and Castrosua Tempus Hybrid are novelties in Lithuania so far. The buses are assembled in the factory Carrocera Castrosua S.A situated in the city Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The bus Castrosua City Versus CNG is assembled on the chassis IVECO, the engine is also IVECO.
The length of the vehicle is almost twelve metres. The Castrosua Tempus Hybrid is a product of Spain – both its body and engine are Spanish. These buses are very original and environmentally-friendly, they are still rare in European cities as well. The length of Castrosua Tempus Hybrid is 11,3 metres. According to the manufacturers, due to the original technology, the fuel consumption of these buses is 25 percent lower than of the traditional diesel ones. Upon charging its electric batteries once, the bus can go about 100 kilometres, and the quantity of compressed natural gas is enough for three hundred kilometres.
The Spanish buses Castrosua are already driving in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys.
(Prepared under the information of ebus.lt)