VAG Nuremberg has ordered has placed an initial order for 15 from MAN Truck & Bus, with a follow-up order for a further 13 MAN Lion's City 18 E and 11 Lion's City 12 E buses in the pipeline from MAN Truck & Bus. The local transport operator has thus awarded MAN’s largest e-bus order to date and the first order for its fully electric articulated bus.
The Lion’s City 12 E can carry up to 88 passengers, the MAN Lion’s City 18 E up to 120 people. The high passenger capacity is also due to the optimised seating area at the rear, resulting from the omission of the engine tower. This means that the e-bus has additional seats and more pleasant and friendly lighting conditions. To power its e-bus, MAN relies on a central motor on the rear axle or, in the articulated bus, two central motors on the second and third axle, which has a hugely positive effect on the handling of the articulated version. The two driven axles increase stability and thus safety and achieve maximum energy recuperation when braking. 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). MAN relies on sophisticated battery cell technology from the Group’s modular system. This allows MAN to reliably ensure a range of 200 km, up to 270 km in favourable conditions, over the entire service life of the batteries.
Charged in the depot or with a CCS charging connector, the long-lasting batteries guarantee easy integration into existing operating processes.
Series production of battery-powered electric city buses began successfully at the beginning of October 2020 at the MAN plant in Starachowice, Poland. It began with the 12-metre solo version of the Lion's City E. The fully electric Lion's City E articulated bus version is set to go into series production in the first half of 2021. The first 18-metre buses produced will then be delivered to Nuremberg.
Including the new vehicles ordered, the VAG Nuremberg fleet is made up of around 200 vehicles including diesel, natural gas, hybrid and electric buses. A total of 150 of them were supplied by MAN Truck & Bus.