The Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (TMB) has ordered a total of 105 MAN Lion’s City buses from MAN Truck & Bus, 75 MAN Lion’s City buses with natural gas drive as well as 30 hybrids. MAN will deliver the vehicles to the Spanish transport operators by the end of the year.
“This means TMB’s most recent public call for tender ended with great success for us, and we are incredibly happy to have been awarded the entire contract,” said Rudi Kuchta, Head of Product & Sales Bus and Speaker Business Area Bus at MAN Truck & Bus.
The order includes 49 natural gas buses of the MAN Lion’s City type (A21), each with a length of 12 meters, and 26 articulated buses (A23), each 18 meters in length, likewise powered with natural gas. Additionally, a further 30 12-meter-long hybrid buses will be delivered – the first vehicles from the new Lion’s City generation of city buses featuring MAN EfficientHybrid to be driven in Spain.
Once the 105 modern city buses have been delivered, over 50% of the TMB fleet, which is currently around 1,140 buses strong, will be MAN vehicles. “We are very happy; after all, this development confirms that we are on the right track. The renewed order strengthens our excellent relationship with TMB, who are one of our European reference customers,” said Manuel Fraile, the head of the bus division at MAN Truck & Bus Iberia. He adds: “The fact that the transport operators are already using natural-gas-powered MAN buses demonstrates how satisfied the company is with this vehicle type, and that it has proven itself in the past few years.”
In this highly positive scenario for sustainable mobility, where more and more Spanish public transport fleets add vehicles powered by natural gas, AltFuels Iberia 2019 will take place this week, on 11-14 June at IFEMA Trade Center, Madrid. The event will feature companies, organizations and experts from all over the world that will analyze the present and future of the industry and will exhibit the latest technology in alternative fuels for road and maritime transport. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: MAN Truck & Bus