The new 189 MAN Lion’s City buses, in operation since the beginning of August, have been ensuring that residents and tourists of Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest city, arrive at their destinations safely, comfortably and, above all, in an environmentally friendly manner. The vehicles are powered with biogas and biodiesel, allowing the city to rely on efficient and clean solutions for inner-city traffic.
MAN Truck & Bus delivered 105 city buses to Vy Buss AS and another 84 vehicles to Tide Buss AS. “We are delighted that the two largest transport companies in Norway put their trust in us,” said Rudi Kuchta, Head of Product & Sales Bus and Speaker Business Area Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. “The buses are powered with biogas or biodiesel, which means they fit in wonderfully with the quiet and natural environment in Trondheim – you just want to take in a deep breath of air!”
The purchase includes the MAN Lion’s City (A21) model, a standard 12-meter bus that features an E2876 LUH Euro 6 natural gas engine. In terms of fuel, drivers can use both natural gas as well as biogas. It also includes the delivery of two variants of the 18-meter MAN Lion’s City G (A23) articulated bus: one with a D2066 LUH diesel engine in a special biodiesel version, and one with an E2876 LUH natural gas engine. Both variants fulfil the Euro 6 emission standard.
The order also includes training for drivers as well as a service and maintenance contract. The deciding factor in awarding it to MAN Truck & Bus was, among other things, its many years of expertise in natural gas propulsion.
“We have been driven by and focused on this subject for over 75 years,” said Jan Aichinger, Head of Product Marketing Bus. “By operating biogas vehicles, Vy Buss AS and Tide Buss AS are sending a clear message in regards to environmental protection. After all, a CNG bus running on biogas currently represents the most economical and environmentally sound solution for a virtually CO2-neutral form of public transport.”
Source: MAN Truck & Bus