12 Dec 2019


Transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein has placed an order for 17 electric MAN Lion’s City E buses. It is the first order for the Lion's City E. MAN is starting production of the electric bus next year. The delivery of the 12-metre solobuses will be in the second half of 2020.

The order s one of two tendered lots by the transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH). "We’re very happy about the order because for us, it’s the first large customer delivery of electric buses as part of a tender. It’s therefore a significant milestone on the e-mobility roadmap," says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Product & Sales Bus, as well as Speaker Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. Representatives of VHH and MAN Truck & Bus symbolically signed the contract for the delivery of the 12-metre solobuses already at Busworld 2019 in Brussels.

Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein receives a test vehicle at the end of December to gain experience in daily use. The Lion’s City 12 E is able to fit up to 88 passengers. The omission of the engine tower allowed the seating area in the rear to be optimised and addition of up to four extra seating places was possible. The batteries are placed on the roof. MAN uses a central motor on the rear axle to drive. In the solobus, the all-electric driveline produces 160 kW up to a maximum of 240 kW fed by batteries with 480 kWh of installed capacity. MAN uses battery cell technology from the Group’s modular kit. Sophisticated temperature management ensures a particularly good level of availability, regardless of the time of year, allowing MAN to reliably ensure a range of 200 km (and up to 270 km in favourable conditions) over the entire service life of the batteries.

In the coming year, MAN’s e-mobility roadmap will see a demo fleet of electric buses consisting of 15 test vehicles in customer deployment in five European countries. For this, MAN entered into innovation partnerships with different operators – including Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH).

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