The public transport operator in the Polish city of Częstochowa is planning to introduce hybrid vehicles into its fleet of buses later this autumn.

A total of 40 buses will be purchased with 65.9 million Polish złoty (€ 15.7m), which comes from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in a programme called the Green Investment Scheme.

The new buses will arrive in four months, while two prototype buses will begin operating in the city in September to give residents the opportunity to become more familiar with the new vehicles.

Częstochowa also hopes to win a tender for the construction of refuelling stations for hybrid vehicles. The Green Investment Scheme has also helped other Polish cities to purchase hybrid vehicles, among them Gdynia and Warsaw.

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