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Up to 30 percent less CO2: Munich starts using the first MAN hybrid city bus

Up to 30 percent less CO2: Munich starts using the first MAN hybrid city bus

The Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG — Munich Transportation Company) has put the first MAN Lion’s City Hybrid into service. Herbert König, Chairman of the MVG Board and Director of Transportation at SWM, received the key for the innovative city bus from Bernd Maierhofer, the Executive Board member responsible for R&D and Purchasing at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, in the presence of Christian Ude, Mayor of Munich. MAN’s new hybrid bus consumes up to 30 less fuel than a conventional city bus, which translates into a CO2 reduction of up to 30 percent.

“Our new MAN Lion’s City Hybrid enables us to help protect the climate and free city centers of exhaust fumes and noise,” explained Bernd Maierhofer. “We have been researching hybrid drives for buses and trucks since the 1970s, allowing us to gain many valuable insights that have gone into development of the MAN Lion’s City Hybrid. This bus is the foundation for our future developments in eMobility for buses and trucks.”

Munich is the first metropolis in Europe to use the new MAN Lion’s City Hybrid in regular service. This year will see more buses of this type being put into use in Hagen (D), Paris (F), Barcelona (E), Milan (I), Vienna (A) and several cities in the Netherlands.

While conventional buses convert their large amounts of kinetic energy into heat when they brake, the MAN Lion’s City Hybrid harnesses this energy and uses it for the drive. The automatic start-stop system can cut additional fuel consumption and emissions. After all, city buses spend between 25 and 40 percent of the time they are in operation idling at bus stops or red lights.

The Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG — Munich Transportation Company) has put the first MAN Lion’s City Hybrid into service. MAN’s new hybrid bus consumes up to 30 less fuel than a conventional city bus.

The official start of operation was celebrated by Herbert König, Director of MVG (left), Bernd Maierhofer, Member of the Executive Board of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG and Christian Ude, Mayor of Munich at Munich´s "Marienplatz".