December 19, 2020. Koblenzer Verkehrsbetriebe (KOVEB) added 29 biogas-powered city buses of the MAN Lion’s City G model to its fleet. These are two individual vehicles and 27 articulated vehicles that allow German city residents and tourists to move around in an environmentally friendly way thanks to renewable gas. “With KOVEB’s new fleet of units, we are making an important contribution to climate protection and traffic restructuring in Koblenz. The new propulsion technology enables near-climate-neutral operation,” explains local Mayor David Langner.
For refueling, KOVEB, which was able to convince itself of the advantages of natural gas buses during a test drive some time ago, has established a suitable system. But the vehicles also have some innovations. Units with the newly developed E18 engine, for example, have higher torque with a smaller displacement compared to the previous model. This makes the engine more powerful and compact. Also, the smoother operation produces less noise compared to a comparable diesel engine.
“Environmentally friendly, powerful, efficient and also quiet – all these factors make our MAN Lion’s City G. I am therefore particularly pleased that the Koblenz public transport company has opted for our MAN CNG city buses and, therefore, for a more sustainable and future-oriented public transport” said Frank Krämer, Head of Bus Sales at MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH, when the vehicles were delivered.