Scania has received a large new order for hybrid buses from Canary Islands-based public transport operator Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife S.A.U. (TITSA), which operates the only public bus service on the island of Tenerife. TITSA was already a major Scania customer, with more than 60% of its 600-strong fleet coming from the Swedish brand, and the latest deal will deliver 231 more including 173 hybrids, meaning that the bus company will have 291 Scania hybrid vehicles, giving it one of the largest hybrid vehicle fleets of any Spanish or Portuguese public transport providers.
TITSA carries more than 60 million passengers a year and covers more than 35 million kilometres across 180 island routes. It says the new deal underlines its commitment to sustainability, as well as its continuing trust in Scania to provide the solutions to help meet its environmental targets.
“Scania is the company that could best adapt to our needs. We value a combination of different factors: vehicle quality, peace of mind provided by the maintenance contracts, accessibility, personalised and friendly service, and definitely the fuel savings that go along perfectly with our commitment to sustainability and the environment,” explained Technical Director Pedro Gómez.
Scania Ibérica Bus, Engine, and Sustainability Commercial Director Alberto Linares praised TITSA’s commitment to sustainable transport: “Sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint and caring for the environment in general are fundamental values at Scania. It is extremely satisfying that companies are increasingly taking these aspects into account, and that organisations like TITSA are opting for sustainable transport. In this sense, we enjoy having close relationships with our clients, learning about their needs first hand, and offering personalised solutions to lend their business a continuity, while also preserving the environment and contributing to a better future.”
The new buses, with bodywork by Castrosua, are supported by a four-year guarantee, while the hybrid vehicle batteries are guaranteed for seven years. The vehicles will be delivered over the next two years, with the first 135 arriving in 2024 and the remaining 96 in 2025.