10 Jul 2018


As last in the row of bus manufacturers MAN is to show its new e-bus at IAA 2018 in Hannover. It is a Lion's City propelled by a central motor. The batteries will be charged at the depot in three hours for a solobus and four hours for the articulate version. It gives the new electric Lion's City a range of 200 kilometres.

This new Lion’s City E is part of the e-mobility program by MAN including also an electric van TGE and several e-trucks. Where competitors like VDL, Solaris, Irizar, BYD, Volvo, Heuliez are with their electric buses on the market since some years now, MAN announced that mass production will start in the second half of 2020. In other words in two years time. The German manufacturer is not afraid that because their competitors having a head-start it will fall behind, while MAN says it is operating on the assumption that by 2030 around 66% of scheduled-service buses will be electric. Until the new Lion's City E will come to life the Lion's City can be ordered with the new D15 diesel engine or the E18 gas engine which also will be shown for the first time at IAA in September. The new Lion's City E has a slightly modified design different form the diesel Lion's City. The batteries are mounted on the roof, making room for a seating area at the back of the bus. The driveline consists of one central electric motor on the solo bus and two to power the articulated bus at the second and third driven axles. Other then wheelhub motors MAN says a central drive is easier to access and of a more simple design and therefor according to MAN it will have a positive effect in terms of maintenance at the total cost of ownership (TCO). For the articulated bus the two motors will be installed at the two driven axles increasing its driving stability and provides maximum energy recovery when braking. The electric driveline produces 160 to 270 kW in the solobus. The power used for this comes from the modular batteries with 480 kWh capacity (Solo) or 640 kWh (articulated) and they are produced by MAN including temperature management system. The charging is through a CCS socket at the depot with an average charging power of 100 kW up to a maximum of 150 kW. MAN will start with a demo fleet to establish its suitability for everyday use in a series of field trials in mid-2020, partnering with various European operators in Hamburg, Munich, Wolfsburg and Luxembourg. In the meantime MAN has completed its new generation of Lion's City buses with the new D15 diesel engine and now also with the newly developed E18 gas engine with 320 HP (235 kW) with also as an option the MAN Efficient Hybrid.

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