Norwegian city rolls out biogas, biodiesel buses to reduce carbon footprint

The third largest city in Norway, Trondheim, has been operating almost 200 MAN Lion’s City buses fuelled with either biogas or biodiesel. The 189 green buses from MAN Truck & Bus offer an efficient and clean solution for inner-city traffic in the Norwegian city.

The new buses have been in operation since the start of August; MAN Truck & Bus delivered 105 city buses to Vy Buss, with a further 84 delivered to Tide Buss.

“We’re delighted that the two largest transport companies in Norway put their trust in us,” said Rudi Kuchta, head of product and sales in the bus and speaker business area 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!”

A number of Scandinavian cities have already switched to using new types of drive solutions, in order to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of public transport.

MAN Lion’s City (A21) solobuses measure 12m in length and feature an E2876 LUH Euro 6 gas engine, which can be fuelled with natural gas or biogas. The order also included the delivery of two variants of the 18m-long MAN Lion’s City G (A23) articulated bus – one with a D2066 LUH biodiesel/diesel engine, and one with an E2876 LUH gas engine.

The two bus companies also ordered MAN Lion’s City L LE (A44) city buses, which measure 15m in length and are powered with biodiesel.

As part of the recent order, training for drivers will also be provided, as well as a service and maintenance contract. “We have been driven by and focused on this subject for over 75 years – we aren’t the European market and technological leader in the gas-fuelled city bus sector for nothing,” said Jan Aichinger, head of product marketing, bus at MAN Truck & Bus.

Aichinger added: “By operating biogas vehicles, Vy Buss and Tide Buss are sending a clear message in regards to environmental protection. After all, a gas bus running on biogas currently represents the most economical and environmentally sound solution for a virtually CO2-neutral form of public transport.”

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