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Challenge / Goal

The main objective of the use case is to provide the best possible public transport service using a 'clean' bus fleet in areas which lack high-quality public transport services. The environmental performance and attractiveness of the city of Madrid’s public transport service will thus, in general, improve as a result, and be better suited to compete with private car use. This experience is also used to better understand the performance of these types of buses and therefore to help better define Madrid’s own strategy on fleet renewal.


In this solution, at least six new fully electric or hybrid electric buses were introduced to Madrid’s existing bus fleet. EMT purchased two different makes of hybrid-diesel buses: MAN and IVECO. Testing of these units in real-life conditions is currently being carried out with the new buses being used in Bus Line Number 140, which crosses the demonstration/living lab area.

Additionally, an analysis of public transport services is undertaken to select the best suited bus solution. The new buses are assigned to serve the pilot public transport corridor. The performance of the buses are monitored and assessed; this, in turn, will feed into future renewal plans of the city's bus fleet, and produce a set of guidelines for undertaking major fleet renewal in the coming years.


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Time period

Planning time: 6 months to 1 year

Implementation time: 1 to 2 years



Service providers


End users

All Citizens

    Main benefits

  • Increasing share of renewables

  • Reducing use of fossils in public transport

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