New CNG buses are on the streets of Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. The first new coaches purchased since 2006, six MAN Lion’s City compressed natural gas (CNG) buses joined the Vilnius Public Transport fleet late February. The balance of the order for 18 low-floor CNG buses, delivered from MAN Truck and Bus Poznan factory in Poland, arrived before end of March.
Each MAN Lion’s City CNG has roof-mounted cylinders made from special composite material with a total capacity of about 1300 liters of gas. The CNG engines meet Euro 5 and EEV standards. Scheduled bus service life – 15 years and 1.5 million kilometers.
Other cities in Lithuania also operate CNG buses in their fleets. Second largest city Kaunas acquired 24 Solaris Urbino CNG buses in 2012. Eight Irisbus Citelis CNG buses were received last fall by Busturas bus company in Siauliai. The city of Klaipeda is awaiting delivery of 12 CNG buses in May.
Vilnius has prepared for the new fleet by setting up a CNG bus repair and maintenance company.
Vidas Korsakas, CEO of SG dujos Auto in Vilnius, estimates there were about 200 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Lithuania at end of 2012. 150 of those are CNG buses, with nearly 100 new buses either delivered or planned thus far for 2013.
SG dujos Auto designs, builds and operates natural gas compressor stations. Korsakas advised NGV Global News that three new filling stations are expected in 2013, adding to the four already in operation.