The colourful port city of Bergen, surrounded by its mountains, fjords and forests, is to place in service a fleet of MAN Lion’s City biogas buses. “Our buses fit perfectly into this green environment and the natural atmosphere that the port city exudes. After all, the MAN Lion’s City buses that Tide Buss AS has ordered from us will run on biogas,” said Rudi Kuchta, Head of Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. The 125 city buses will service the northern part of Bergen, namely the areas of Åsane, Arna and Osterøy, where Tide Buss took over operation of the bus routes in October 2020. “We are delighted that one of the largest public transport companies in Norway has put its faith in us,” said Svein Brakstad, Head of Bus Sales at MAN Norway.
The order for Tide Buss in Bergen includes 18-metre 54 MAN Lion’s City G articulated buses which are powered by an E2876 LUH gas engine and seat 49 passengers. The operator also ordered 50 12-metre Lion’s City single-deckers, which can seat up to 37 passengers, and 21 Lion’s City L LE buses. These 14.7-metre low-floor vehicles are powered by a 310 hp (228 kW) E2876 LUH natural gas engine and can seat 49 passengers. The buses have an array of features and numerous assistance systems provide a high level of comfort and safety, and a well-thought out driver’s workplace, to provide the driver with the greatest possible support. “The control elements have been designed and positioned in a way that facilitates intuitive operation. Allowing the drivers to focus entirely on the traffic has always been the objective,” said Svein.