Palma secured new and more sustainable vehicles for public transport
Mayor of Palma, José Hila, along with the president Francina Armengol unveiled the final 23 buses to complete the new fleet of the municipal transport company.
The purchase of these modern, more accessible and more sustainable vehicles has been co-financed by the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Palma City Council.
One third of the cost totalling €12,575,000 has been paid by the Government with the balance being raised by Palma Council and its bus company, reports Euro Weekly News.
At the same time, Spain has reaffirmed its commitment to the environment by approving a new Climate Change Law, which tends to prohibit the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2040,
Since the summer of 2019, the EMT fleet has been renewed with a total of 100 new buses, through a process that began in February 2017 and has involved a total investment of €32 million.
The new buses run on a fuel that consumes less and reduces CO2 emissions by a third compared to diesel vehicles as well as reducing noise pollution by 50% compared to other fuels.
Among other improvements with regards to the old fleet, new buses have solar technology on the roofs to power interior equipment and they incorporate security mechanisms in the opening and closing of doors. Furthermore, they have more hygienic, ergonomic and easy-to-maintain seats, and are equipped with an external speaker and a telescopic ramp for access for people with reduced mobility. Photo credit Balearic Government