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FC Bayern hits the road in a zero-emission bus

 

In sporting terms, FC Bayern München is right at the top of the game – and Germany’s most successful football club is at the forefront when it comes to sustainable transport too: the team travelled to Munich airport in a MAN Lion’s City E zero-emission bus in mid-July.  

Wrapped in the colours of the German record-holders, the MAN Lion’s City E left the team’s HQ in Säbener Straße bound for the airport in the middle of July. The players and their support crew visibly enjoyed their trip in the emission-free and whisper-quiet city bus. “Wow, it’s so quiet!” was a typical comment. “I could definitely get used to this,” was another frequently heard phrase. Another passenger provided a short and sweet summary of the trip: “It’s fun and it’s sustainable – perfect.” 

Electromobility and Germany’s most successful football club: a winning combination. “FC Bayern is all about taking a responsible approach to the environment and mobility. What’s even nicer is that with MAN Truck & Bus, we have a partner beside us who brings precisely these topics to the forefront and has now even provided us with an eBus to take us to the airport,” says Andy Jung, board member responsible for marketing at FC Bayern, adding: “In this context, we are especially pleased that we have extended our long-standing partnership with MAN for a further two years, enabling us to pursue many more sustainable projects together.” 

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Together on the road to the future: FC Bayern München and MAN focus on e-mobility.

Thanks to its innovative technology, the Lion’s coach is extremely efficient on the road. Nevertheless, it would of course be fantastic if journeys by team bus could also be emission-free in the near future – like our trip to the airport in the electric city bus.

Andy Jung
Chief Marketing Officer FC Bayern

Customers love the MAN Lion’s City E 

 

When it comes to urban transport, MAN Truck & Bus is already well positioned in terms of sustainability: by 2025, half of all new MAN city buses will have alternative drive systems, and by 2030, 90 percent of city buses will be battery electric. “Feedback on our eBus has been outstanding, and a glance at our rising order numbers clearly shows that we can achieve these figures,” says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus, going on to say: “The definitive aim, however, is to move on to the electrification of our intercity buses and touring coaches as quickly as possible, depending on further market developments. At the end of the day, bus travellers in the future such as the FC Bayern team will be able to get from A to B sustainably and comfortably.” 

In the forthcoming football season, due to start on 5 August, the FC Bayern München team will also be travelling efficiently, safely and comfortably to their home and away matches in a MAN Lion’s coach. “We have been partners with FC Bayern since 2008 and have been able to achieve some fantastic projects in a wide variety of areas. We will be continuing this successful partnership, ensuring that the FC Bayern team will be travelling to away games by MAN bus in the future too,” says Marc Langendorf, Head of Communications & Government Affairs at MAN Truck & Bus. The comprehensive comfort and multimedia equipment make the team bus somewhere the players can feel good and relax. “Thanks to its innovative technology, the Lion’s coach is extremely efficient on the road. Nevertheless, it would of course be fantastic if journeys by team bus could also be emission-free in the near future – like our trip to the airport in the electric city bus,” says Jung. 

Sustainable travel in Munich with the MAN eTGE  

 

FC Bayern has been travelling around Munich city centre emission-free for almost a year already – in a MAN eTGE combi. The battery electric vehicle is used on match days to provide the top-flight club’s staff and equipment with quiet and environmentally friendly transport around Munich. If there are no matches taking place, the minibus is also used for city centre tours, for example between the team’s headquarters, the youth training centre and the Allianz Arena. Because the MAN eTGE combi is replacing an identical, internal combustion vehicle, the team are helping to improve air quality in the city too. 

“FC Bayern has opened up a new chapter in its mobility with the electric minibus,” says Kuchta. “The majority of the players and management staff at FC Bayern München already drive fully electric cars. However, there hadn’t been an electric commercial vehicle in the fleet until now,” Jung explains. “Together with MAN, we want to drive the transport transformation forward by integrating new drive concepts into our day-to-day working lives.” 

FC Bayern has opened up a new chapter in its mobility with the electric minibus

Rudi Kuchta
Head of Business Unit Bus
MAN Truck & Bus SE

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