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MAN starts series production of hybrid city buses

Regular service operation in European capitals from end of 2009

(PresseBox) (Munich, ) MAN is set to launch series production of the MAN Lion's City Hybrid city bus. A small series of these solo vehicles will be taken into regular service in several European cities from end of 2009. Munich and Vienna are the first European capitals in which these MAN-brand hybrid buses will be test-driven. Further cities will follow during the course of 2010. MAN Nutzfahrzeuge is showcasing the series version for the first time at the 58th World Congress of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Vienna from June 8 to June 12, 2009.

Overall, MAN's hybrid bus enables a fuel saving of up to 30% plus substantially reduced emissions when compared with conventional diesel engines. It even saves the environment approximately ten tons of greenhouse gas emissions over an average of 60,000 kilometers on the road per year. The MAN Lion's City Hybrid is also suitable for operation with second generation biofuels, allowing the good carbon footprint to be improved even further.

Operation in city traffic provides ideal conditions for hybrid buses as this type of traffic means that buses have to accelerate very often, only to slow down to a standstill again shortly after. With conventional buses, kinetic energy is wasted since it is lost as heat. In contrast, the MAN Lion's City Hybrid stores the kinetic energy and harnesses it to accelerate quietly away from the bus stop, protecting the environment as it does so. Test drives in real-world conditions show that the diesel engine can remain shut down for roughly 40% of the period of operation, depending on the routing.

This means that passengers in the vicinity of bus stops are spared noise and exhaust emissions to the greatest possible extent. MAN has incorporated a whole package of measures into the Lion's City Hybrid that produce very respectable fuel savings. An efficient design allowing the Ultracap high-performance energy storage system to be positioned favorably in terms of both weight and aerodynamics is one such example.

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The MAN Group is one of Europe's leading industrial players in transport-related engineering, with revenue of approximately €15 billion in 2008. As a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbo machinery and special gear systems, MAN employs approximately 51,300 people worldwide. Its business areas hold leading positions in their respective markets. MAN SE, Munich, is listed in the DAX (German Stock Index), which comprises Germany's thirty leading stock corporations.