Public transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH), Hamburg, Germany, continues to expand zero-emission bus fleet and awards a contract for up to 100 MAN electric buses. It is the fourth contract awarded by Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) for MAN eBuses. The order is a framework contract in which delivery of the first 48 vehicles is scheduled for the turn of the year 2023/2024.
Since 2020 VHH has been ordering only buses with zero-emission drives for its Hamburg service area. This latest order for MAN is part of an eBus tender. MAN was awarded four lots of this tender out of eight. "We have a clear vision in mind: in the 2030s, we want to be locally emission-free on the road in the Hamburg metropolitan region", says VHH Managing Director Dr Lorenz Kasch. At the end of 2019, the transport company ordered the first 17 MAN Lion's City 12 E vehicles. The next order was for a further 20 electric buses. In 2022, VHH opted for MAN eBuses for the third time: the order included 30
electric solo buses and 6 electric articulated buses. The new order consists of MAN Lions City 12 E that three doors and are equipped with six battery packs with a total output of 480 kilowatt hours, a CO2 air conditioning system operated with climate-neutral carbon dioxide (R744) instead of the conventional refrigerant R134a. The MAN all-electric bus went into series production in 2020 and to date MAN received a total of well over 1,000 orders. In 2022, the share of eBuses sold was around twelve percent of the city buses sold by MAN in Europe.