Unibuss, one of Norway's largest bus companies, has ordered 76 all-electric MAN Lion's City E buses, the International Bus of the Year 2023, for Oslo. For MAN, this is the first e-bus order from Norway and for all partners it is another important step in sustainable mobility. The order involves 59 solo and 17 articulated Lions's City e-buses. They will be used in the north-east and east of Oslo. MAN will also provide service and maintenance for the city buses for a period of up to 12 years.
Oslo is the green capital of Norway with the highest proportion of electric cars in the world and trams and ferries are powered by electricity from hydropower. "Oslo is to become the world's first emission-free city by 2030. With emission-free public transport already by the end of 2023, an important part of the job is done. New electric buses in Oslo East mean cleaner local air, less noise, better comfort and reduced greenhouse gas emissions," states Ruter AS, the local public transport authority (PTA) which will operate the buses in Oslo. "We are very pleased about our first e-bus order from Norway, which fits seamlessly into a series of orders from Scandinavia - a great success!" says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business
Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. 22 MAN Lion's City E are already in service in Malmö, Sweden. KEOLIS also ordered a total of 75 Lion's City 18 E for Sweden last year. Of these, 60 articulated e-buses will go to Gothenburg and 15 to Stockholm. In addition, 10 Lion's City 12 E are to be used in the Swedish capital. Another order for 12 articulated e-buses from MAN came from Uppsala. In addition, the framework agreement with Gamla Uppsala Buss includes an option for a further 65 electric buses. And Denmark is also relying on the MAN e-bus. Residents and visitors to the capital Copenhagen are chauffeured in 26 MAN Lion's City 12 E buses. Twelve more e-buses were also delivered to Vikingbus in Odder. This means that 38 electric buses are now making their rounds on Danish roads.
More efficiency, but also more range, is also promised by the CO2 air conditioning system, which has been available as an option since mid-2022 - and which Unibuss has opted for. The new air conditioning system for the Lion's City E is more environmentally friendly and at the same time significantly more efficient, which can provide an additional range of up to 25 km. The safety of passengers, drivers and other road users is ensured by numerous assistance systems such as MAN BirdView, which provides a 360° bird's eye view of the vehicle's immediate surroundings, and the MAN OptiView mirror replacement system. The latter supports the driver by, among other things, eliminating the blind spot and significantly improving visibility at night and in poor weather conditions. Delivery of the 76 MAN Lion's City E for Unibuss is scheduled for the end of 2023.