From 1 June, seven new CNG-powered buses will run on the streets of Jēkabpils. Jēkabpils has become the first Latvian city to use this alternative type of energy for its public transport services.
CNG is compressed natural gas that consists mainly of methane. It has a higher energy content than petrol or diesel and it is a more economical and environmentally friendly fuel alternative.
“We are delighted that Jēkabpils has become the first Latvian city to use CNG as an alternative fuel for their public transport services. When compared to classic fuel, using CNG in transport reduces air pollution and provides customers with a more economical type of energy. Moreover, a CNG-powered vehicle is as quick and easy to refuel as a petrol or diesel vehicle,” informs Jānis Vība, CEO of “Virši-A”.
“Jēkabpils autobusu parks” Ltd has already received all seven of the CNG-powered “SOR” buses. Not only are the new buses using a more environmentally friendly and a more economical form of alternative energy, but they are also designed with passengers in mind, meaning that they are more comfortable and also visually more modern than their predecessors,” says Jānis Ščerbickis, Chairman of the Board of “Jēkabpils autobusu parks”.
Jānis Ščerbiskis also explained that the new buses have 33 seats for passenger comfort, and that the technical parameters of the buses allow the carrying of 74 passengers, thus providing enough space for an additional 41 standing passengers. The new buses will be easier to board, as they have a low floor in the front and middle areas of the bus. In the middle of the new buses there is a disabled space with safety straps for securing a wheelchair. In order to provide passengers with useful information, there is an information display on the inside of the bus, showing the stops of the route. For traffic and passenger safety, the buses are equipped with four video surveillance cameras.
The new “SOR” buses were supplied to “Jēkabpils autobusu parks” Ltd by JSC “Balti Bussi Grupp”, with whom a contract was signed last summer. The buses were purchased within the framework of the project contract No. 18.104.22.168/17/I/003 and the framework of the specific support objective "Developing green public transport infrastructure (buses)" of the priority direction "Transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors" of the “Growth and Employment” programme.