Poland’s largest transit provider Mobilis has taken delivery of 61 hybrid buses from MAN Truck & Bus. The partly electric vehicles will take up their service in Warsaw.
Officials had acted fast – it took Mobilis just two months to place the order after they had visited MAN in Munich. The Volkswagen company estimates their system can save up to 10,000 litres of diesel fuel a year and cuts emissions by about 30 percent.
The 61 MAN Lion’s City Hybrid buses are powered by a 184 kW EURO VI diesel engine combined with an electric motor. The latter receives additional power by recuperating the vehicle’s braking energy, which is stored in ultracaps.
Mobilis has been working with MAN for 25 years now which might explain why the company would not opt for local competitor Solaris to buy the buses.
For Warsaw the hybrid buses mark another step in electrification. Poland’s capital with 1.7 million people had recently won a bid for EU funding worth 41 million euros. The funds will help finance a large order of 130 all-electric buses which shall go into operation in Warsaw by 2021. For this the city indeed turned to local provider Solaris to deliver an electric bendy bus for testing reportedly but a formal tender has yet to be issued.
On a national level, Poland plans to procure no less than 1,000 electric buses throughout 2020.
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