Tartu's Methane-Fueled Buses Save Money

Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
8/19/2011 2:24 PM
Category: Environment

The five methane-powered buses, which were introduced on the Tartu city routes in early March, have proven to be cost-effective, having saved SEBE, the city bus operator, nearly 30,000 euros on operational costs in five months.

Since the buses run on natural compressed gas, their fuel costs 19 cents less per kilometer than that of their diesel-powered counterparts, said Kuldar Väärsi, chairman of the board at SEBE. "This compensates for the more expensive buses and maintenance," Väärsi said.

After 180,000 kilometers of service, it is safe to say that methane-powered city buses were a good choice, said Väärsi. "Purchasing them would be a reasonable move for Tallinn, both from the economic, and most importantly, environmental aspect," he said.

In total, 144 methane-powered vehicles have been registered in Estonia, ETV reported. The current network of filling stations is covering the whole country and growing.

 

Ingrid Teesalu


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