In a total investment of about NIS 150 million, Egged will be upgrading 155 of its buses to Euro-6 models by as early as 2014, the company announced this week.
Euro-6 is the most environmentally stringent standard for diesel buses in the European Union, and reduces the presence of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and hydrocarbons present in vehicle emissions.
As part of the plan, Egged specifically intends to buy 100 new intercity buses and 55 low-surface city buses, of which 15 will be large capacity.
Over the past 12 years, Egged has reduced its bus emissions by about 50 percent and continues to aim for improved environmental performance, company chairman Noam Ben-Or stressed.
Egged next month will also begin trials installing particulate filters into existing buses that are only up to Euro-2 and Euro-4 standards, the company said. By performing this experiment, Egged – in cooperation with laboratories at the Technion and at the University of Bern – hopes to dramatically reduce particulate emissions, the company added.