Hamburg City operator, Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) has now ordered another 20 all-electric city buses from MAN Truck & Bus
At the end of 2019, transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) gave MAN Truck & Bus its first sales success story in the electric bus market. This was a milestone for MAN, but also for VHH: It meant that the company was taking its first step in embracing the zero-emission mobility culture of tomorrow. All of the 17 MAN Lion’s City 12 E buses the company ordered are now in operation. “And they are so successful, in fact, that VHH has ordered another 20 electric buses from us,” says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus, adding: “We are delighted with this follow-up order, as it clearly shows how satisfied VHH is with their electric buses and how outstandingly well the buses are coping with the city traffic of Hamburg and all the challenges that brings.”
Ten of the MAN Lion’s City 12 E buses that have already been delivered are out on the road for VHH in Norderstedt. The company has set up the first VHH depot for electric vehicles in the state of Schleswig-Holstein for this very purpose. The depot has a total of twelve charging points, which are used for charging the eBuses overnight with green electricity. Charged using an overnight charging system, the long-life batteries guarantee that the vehicles can be easily integrated into existing operations – a factor that was very important to VHH alongside reliability, safety, range and comfort. By expanding the depot, VHH has also created the conditions that will allow for further electrification in the coming years.
The other seven eBuses are used primarily for taking passengers from A to B on the VHH lines in the east of Hamburg in a safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly manner. The vehicles are operated out of the depot in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg. Dr Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, Andreas Tostmann, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus SE, and Gunnar Kilian, Chief Human Resources Officer of Volkswagen AG and also responsible for the “Truck & Bus” division on the Group Executive Board, visited the depot in spring of this year. “We were also out and about in Hamburg to experience the Lion’s City E on one of its typical city routes – and to drive it ourselves! What got me excited? How quiet and comfortable the bus is, yet powerful at the same time and very easy to drive. Next stop: The future,” said Andreas Tostmann, in summary, following the visit.
Head-turner at the UEFA Euro 2020 – MAN Lion’s City E in black, red & gold
The MAN electric bus with its “black, red and gold look,” which is currently doing the rounds in the city centre of Hamburg for VHH throughout the “Euros”, is getting a lot of attention. Passionate football fans are certainly not the “only” ones who are taking the opportunity to climb aboard the city bus that boasts the colours of the German national football team.
And before long, 20 more MAN Truck & Bus eBuses will be winning over passengers in Hamburg, not to mention drivers and operators: After all, the latest order will see the delivery of ten MAN Lion’s City 12 E and ten MAN Lion’s City 18 E buses. The solo and articulated buses are scheduled for delivery to VHH before the end of 2021. With this follow-up order, VHH is taking another big step on its way to becoming an electrically mobile enterprise. “VHH’s key objective is to establish an environmentally friendly, resource-saving and high-performance public transport system in the Hamburg metropolitan area. Innovative vehicles are a fundamental aspect of that,” reveals ToralfMüller, Managing Director of VHH. Since 2020, the transport company has procured only battery-powered buses with zero local emissions for the city of Hamburg in accordance with the Hamburg Senate’s requirements.