The MAN Auto Uzbekistan plant in Samarkand launched the production of the first MAN low-floor gas bus to meet the needs of the regional market. The new product has already earned a favorable appraisal during its debut at the ongoing Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
It goes without saying that gas engines tackle the issue of emissions reduction and increased fuel efficiency in such a beneficial way that they don’t require exhaust gas after treatment or other additional filter technologies. As a result, the use of biogas engines inside of the innovative MAN buses makes them almost CO2 neutral.
The new city bus, aimed at the Central Asian market, comes in the form of a 12 m low-floor bus with aluminium body, mounted on a MAN chassis and driven on CNG. There are various seating arrangements for up to 90 passengers. The outstanding efficiency is provided by the E2876 engine (compliant with the EEV standard) that generates 310 hp and has the maximum range of 380 km. As for the structure of the body, aluminium ensures considerable weight advantages compared to the previously used materials.
It’s notable that the introduction of MAN’s new low-emission city bus perfectly fits the motto of Expo 2017 that states “Future Energy: Action for Global Sustainability”. The combination of the brand’s tried and true CNG engine technology with the advantages of an aluminium body has managed to draw keen interest from public transport managers in Kazakhstan. By expanding the joint venture with MAN Auto Uzbekistan, MAN Truck & Bus sets up a competence centre for CNG vehicles in the region and offers the full portfolio of MAN city buses to the customers. The company’s next objective with regard to emission-free transport is to arrange series production of entirely electric city buses by the end of 2019.