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MAN Truck & Bus delivers 131 natural-gas-powered buses to Norway

CNG city buses from MAN to operate in Trondheim starting mid-2011.

131 CNG city buses from MAN to operate in Trondheim starting mid-2011.

MAN Truck & Bus has received an order from the two Norwegian bus operators, Tide Buss AS and TrønderBilene AS, for a total of 131 city buses powered by natural-gas engines. From the middle of this year these environmentally friendly CNG buses will be operating in local public transport in Trondheim, Norway's third-largest city. The delivery comprises 99 MAN Lion’s City LE CNG, 12-m long solo buses for 74 passengers and 32 MAN Lion’s City L LE CNG, with a length of 14.7 m and a total capacity of 126 passengers.

These modern city buses are suitable for mobility-challenged persons in that their rear doors are equipped with ramps. The vehicles are a new low-entry variant being offered in certain EU markets: they meet customer demands for more seats arranged in the direction of travel and agreeably raised seating positions. This is why only four of the 47 seats in the MAN Lion’s City L LE face the rear of the vehicle, as opposed to twelve in the low-floor version. With its height of only 2.88 metres (3.30 metres in the case of the CNG version) the Lion’s City L LE has great advantages in handling by comparison with the overall higher low-entry buses from other manufacturers, which are moreover generally not available as CNG variants. MAN is also offering the new low-entry model as an articulated bus in lengths of 18 and 18.75 metres on selected markets.

MAN Truck & Bus is the market leader for city buses with natural-gas-powered drives and can point to many years' experience in natural-gas buses: as far back as 1972, MAN buses with gas-powered engines were shuttling Olympic athletes and spectators to the stadiums in Munich and its environs. Twenty years later, the MAN SL 202 with CNG-powered engine celebrated its premiere and in 2003, MAN delivered the first EEV-compliant gas-powered buses to its customers. In the meantime, MAN has delivered more than 5,000 gas-powered buses and bus chassis with gas-powered engines. Major markets for these buses and engines are The Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Austria, Portugal, Iran and Spain. MAN's share of the European market for these buses has averaged 44 percent over the past eight years. In fact, from 2007 to 2009, MAN's share was over half the market.