MAN Lion’s City E Buses Conquering European Cities
More and more European cities have MAN Lion’s City E buses in operation. Every day, these fully electric city buses impress operators, passengers, and drivers alike with their range, sustainability, and reliability recently also in Luxembourg and Belgium. As of this year, the MAN Lion’s City E can also be found on the streets of Belgium. Transportation company Hansea put the electric bus from MAN Truck & Bus’ demo fleet through its paces over the space of a year. Its daily routine sees it running on Antwerp’s line 36 between Rooseveltplaats and Linkeroever, where its urban credentials are clear from its performance.
Numerous demo vehicles have been in scheduled operation since last year, as set out in MAN’s e-mobility roadmap. These include vehicles used for longer-term field trials in Hamburg, Munich, and Wolfsburg. On top of this, the Lion’s City E has impressed people all over Europe with its practicality, range, reliability, safety, and comfort
As the emissions-free variant, the fully electric MAN Lion’s City E rounds off MAN’s new generation of city buses. In October 2020, series production of battery-electric city buses was launched at MAN’s plant in Starachowice, Poland. It began with the 12-metre solo version: the Lion’s City 12 E. The first customer vehicles rolled off the production line destined for German operator Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg Holstein; others will follow to fulfil major orders from Malmö and Nuremberg. The fully-electric, articulated Lion’s City 18 E will enter series production in April 2021, offering space for up to 120 passengers an increase on the solobus’ 88. With regard to the drive for its electric bus, MAN has placed a central motor on the rear axle – or two central motors on the second and third axle in the case of articulated variants – bringing an improvement in handling. The power for the fully electric driveline comes from the batteries on the vehicle roof, which have an installed capacity of 480 kWh (solo) and 640 kWh (articulated bus). As such, the electric buses boast a range of 200 km – and up to 270 km in favourable conditions – throughout the batteries’ service life.