MAN making electrification progress in Scandinavia
MAN Truck & Bus reports it is making progress towards electrifying the Scandinavian bus network.
To satisfy demand in this market, the manufacturer has its electric MAN Lion’s City E city bus.
By the end of 2023, more than 370 electrically powered MAN city buses should be in operation in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Added to this are further orders that will be delivered in the following years.
Alexander Vlaskamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE, said: “Due to smart political decisions, such as the introduction of a CO2-based toll in Denmark, and the openness to innovation of broad sections of the population, the Nordic countries are playing a model role in terms of e-mobility. We need this spirit throughout Europe so that the transport turnaround can succeed.”
MAN is also introducing battery-electric trucks to Scandinavia. The first eTruck registered in Denmark was an MAN eTGM, which is still in use today for the dairy company Arla.
According to MAN, the extensive production of renewable energy makes the countries of Scandinavia a blueprint for the whole of Europe when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector. Norway has almost 100% sustainable electricity generation, mainly from hydropower. In Denmark, around 74 % and in Sweden 63 % of the energy generated in 2022 was renewable from wind, water, biomass or by the sun.