NGVA Europe. Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, Mayor of Madrid (Spain) announced last week during an informative breakfast meeting in Madrid that the City Council of Madrid is preparing a regulation that will prevent the purchase of new taxis and urban buses running on diesel.
This decision was taken because diesel models emit too much NO2. Madrid is the first European city that acts against Diesel technology for environmental reasons. The municipality will not force to buy any special technology, but will establish a control not only in terms of CO2 but also regarding the NO2 emissions.
This news is going in line with a recent announcement made for by Pedro Calvo, Delegado de Seguridad y Movilidad del Ayuntamiento de Madrid (delegate for security and mobility of the Madrid municipality) and President of EMT Madrid, who said that out of the 60 new buses already ordered for 2010, 80% will be CNG vehicles. The rest will only be Diesel, because there are no CNG versions in some specific configurations available.