MAN has delivered 125 new biomethane-powered vehicles to Norwegian operator Tide Buss AS. The MAN Lion’s City buses will service the northern part of Bergen, namely the areas of Åsane, Arna and Osterøy, where Tide Buss took over operation of the bus routes in October 2020. Bergen, the second-largest city in Norway, is known as “the heart of the fjords” as it is located between the two largest fjords in the country, Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. The UNESCO World Heritage City is also surrounded by mountains and forests.
“Our buses fit perfectly into this green environment and the natural atmosphere that the port city exudes. After all, the MAN Lion’s City buses that Tide Buss AS has ordered from us will run on biogas,” said Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus.
The order for Tide Buss in Bergen includes 54 MAN Lion’s City G articulated buses with a length of 18 meters, which are powered by an E2876 LUH natural gas engine. There is ample space for 49 passengers in the spacious vehicles. The operator also ordered 50 12-meter-long Lion’s City solobuses, which can seat up to 37 passengers, and 21 Lion’s City L LE buses. These 14.7-meter-long low-floor vehicles are powered by a 310 HP (228 kW) E2876 LUH natural gas engine and can seat 49 passengers. All of the vehicles meet the requirements of the Euro-6d emission standard.
“New, sustainable mobility concepts and innovative solutions are in demand. We are convinced that city buses powered by natural gas or biogas can make a hugely important contribution to environmentally friendly public transport”, added Kuchta. “As we move towards lower emissions in city centers, efficient drives using alternative fuels will be massively important. That is why CNG technology has been an important part of the MAN portfolio of alternative drives in the city bus sector for many years.”
By operating the vehicles with biogas, Tide Buss is sending out a clear signal in terms of environmental protection – and not for the first time: the company also relies on biogas-powered city buses from MAN in the city of Trondheim.
Source: MAN Truck & Bus