Slovenian capital renews 30 new CNG buses for public transport

admin 2016-07-14 16:20

    Recently, a total of 30 modern CNG MAN articulated buses have replaced the older generation of articulated and non-articulated vehicles in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, the winner of the European green capital award 2016. This offers the local residents a number of benefits.

    On the one hand, the 18-meter-long buses increase passenger capacity on the most frequented routes. An articulated bus has sufficient capacity for a total of 155 passengers, 35 of whom can be seated. Extra comfort and safety is provided by a fully flat low floor, a folding ramp, video surveillance, passenger information system with easy-to-read LED displays, air-conditioning system and integrated ceiling heating system.

    On the other hand, the new MAN Lion’s City CNG compressor based station vehicles also reduce emissions thanks to the gas engines they are equipped with. Through the use of biogas or e-gas as fuel, short distance passenger transport could be almost entirely CO2-neutral. Efficient operation is supported by a real-time fleet management system. Moreover, the efficient 6-cylinder in-line engine delivers 310 HP (228 kW) at 2000 RPM. The vehicles are also fitted with a new generation DIWA6 automatic gearbox from Voith with an integrated retarder and the capability to adapt to topographic conditions.

    “The trend of urbanization and the simultaneously increasing pressure on transport companies to reduce their emissions in urban areas calls for new solutions for short distance passenger transport. We are very proud that we can contribute to making Ljubljana cleaner and greener with our low-emission and cost-efficient CNG-powered buses,” said Martin Strier, Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Slovenija.

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