Klaipeda Bus Park has acquired 18 modern compressed natural gas (LNG) powered MAN buses. From 2 September, eight standard and ten extended low-floor buses that meet the highest Euro 6 environmental standards will carry passengers. The project has an environmental benefit of over 98 tonnes of pollutants less. Thus, our company's transport emissions will be reduced by such quantities annually by replacing the diesel buses used so far with new gas-powered buses.
The benefits of buses meeting the strictest Euro 6 environmental standards are not only cleaner urban air, but also a more beautiful view on the streets.
Mr Vaidas Ramanauskas, the CEO of Klaipeda Bus Park, presented the innovation on Thursday, saying that the first used gas buses in the port city came in 2007, and in 2013, a completely new technology was purchased using the support from the EU funds.
"These are the first buses to meet the Euro 6 standard in Klaipeda. The project will have an environmental benefit - over 98 tonnes of pollutants less. This is the quantity indicating how much the emissions of our company’s transport will be annually reduced, when we replace the diesel-powered buses used so far with the new gas-powered ones," – stated Mr V. Ramanauskas.
According to Mr Vytautas Grubliauskas, the Mayor of Klaipeda City, buses will run on the most intensive routes in the city.
"This means that their integration into the already very active rhythm of the city life will not compromise the quality of life in the city. It is the quality of air that is now becoming one of the key issues to be addressed. However, even the long road we have walked should not mean the end. There are even greater challenges ahead of us - the city has been, is, and will certainly be raising the bar of cleanliness ever higher. "It is fun that Klaipeda Bus Park plays the first violin in this symphony and gives a great example to other private carriers in the city," said Mr V. Grubliauskas.
He gave thanks to the people who contributed most of their time and work to the implementation of the project.
Mr Gintaras Neniškis, the head of Klaipeda Municipality Administration, has no doubts that the number of people using public transport will increase in the city having acquired the innovative buses.
Currently, more than half (53 out of 70) of the buses of the Bus Park of Klaipeda running in the port city run using ecological compressed gas, they do not emit an unpleasant smell, they run "softer" and quieter.
The purchased buses are not only exquisite in design but also more comfortable than the present ones: they are equipped with cabin air conditioning, USB ports for cell phone charging, spaces adapted for wheelchairs and strollers to travel, special marking for visually impaired, multimedia screens for additional information (the names of upcoming stops) , internet connection.
The buses are equipped with a CCTV system inside and out and a gas tank on the roof.
Moreover, the bus driver will need to blow into the alcohol-tester on the bus before moving.
However, the main advantage of these transport vehicles is the use of ecological fuel powered engines.
In comparison with the older diesel buses, the gas-powered ones emit 60% lower pollutant quantities, and the emission of harmful particulate matter will be reduced even 94%.
The new MAN buses were acquired implementing the project "The Renewal of Klaipeda City Public Transport", which is financed from the EU Structural Funds and Klaipeda City Municipality Administration funds (15%).
The total cost of the acquisition and technical maintenance services of the buses is 5.017 million. euros.
Each long 49-seater bus costed € 304,987, while the shorter bus with 37 seats costed € 229,313.
Those buses of the Bus Park of Klaipeda, which will be replaced by the newer ones, are planned to be sold.