The Community of Madrid is increasing its fleet of zero emission vehicles for maintenance and operational work in the Metro by 25%

A zero-emission vehicle refuelling
The Governing Council today approved the contract for the supply of 149 electric, hybrid and internal combustion vehicles. These are used to carry tools, materials and personnel between different points in the underground network. Of the new acquisitions, 57 will be electric and plug-in hybrids, and 92 will be internal combustion vehicles

The Community of Madrid has given Metro de Madrid the go-ahead to award the contract for the supply of 149 passenger and industrial vehicles, under a leasing contract for a period of four years and at a cost of three million euros. The aim is to modernise the fleet with zero-emission vehicles, and these new acquisitions represent an increase of 25%.

The purchase will be made in two batches: one of 57 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and the other of 92 internal combustion vehicles. In this way, the Madrid underground's zero-emission fleet will now account for 38.25% of the total leasing fleet.

For the regular activities of the different departments of operation and maintenance of trains, facilities, and infrastructure of the Metro de Madrid network, it is necessary to use vehicles to transport personnel, tools and materials to different sites within the network, which has 294 kilometres of track, 302 stations and 12 depots, as well as office buildings at different locations within the city of Madrid.

Metro de Madrid has a wide variety of vehicle types in its fleet, and it is not possible for all of them to be electric or zero-emission. Therefore, there are heavy goods vehicles (with a load capacity exceeding 3,500 kg), which are mainly used to transport very bulky and heavy items, such as bogies or axles, between the different areas.

There are dual-mode road/ rail vehicles, which are mainly used by incident teams on the network, both for trains and facilities.

Additionally, depending on the department and the needs for transporting people and materials, the underground also has many different types of vehicles with a load capacity of up to 3,500 kg. These make up a substantial part of the company's fleet, and more than 49% are zero-emission. Finally, there are the passenger cars, which are used to carry staff between company premises and facilities, and of these around 95% are zero-emission.

One of the aims of these new acquisitions is to facilitate the mobility of technicians and middle management throughout the company when travelling for work. It will also resolve the logistics issues involved in the transfer of personnel to satellite centres, and the collection of urgently needed materials for train maintenance and this will have a direct impact, improving the availability of rolling stock for the train maintenance service.

Improvements in performance and in the general specifications of the vehicles include the incorporation of a satellite navigation system in all to optimise routes and locate destinations, improving travel times and consequently productivity as well; the incorporation of a speed limiter to avoid traffic fines for speeding; the separation of the loading area from the passenger compartment by means of grilles or partitions; and vinyl-covered rear windows and loading area windows for the protection and safety of the goods being transported.