13 May 2020


Measuring 18 metres long, the new MAN Lion’s City 18 E articulated can take up to 120 passengers to their destinations. The first demo buses will be premièred on the streets of Barcelona and Cologne in the second half of 2020. But customers have already got the opportunity to order this 18-metre electric bus. The Lion’s City 18 E has started back in April this year
two electric central motors and two driven axles.

Two electric central motors on the second and third axles give the bus the power it needs for city traffic. The two driven axles are electronically synchronised for improved handling and an anti-jackknifing control system and kink angle control system improve driving stability by selectively distributing the drive torque to the two driven axles. The permissible gross weight is up to 30 tonnes. The electric driveline produces between 320 kW and a maximum of 480 kW. The energy for this comes from the modular batteries with 640 kWh of installed capacity. Here, MAN relies on the fully developed lithium-ion (NMC) battery cell technology from the Group’s modular kit. The batteries have an intelligent temperature management system that has been optimised for use in city buses.

The MAN Lion’s City 18 E range is 200 km (and up to 270 km in favourable conditions) over the entire service life of the batteries, as MAN states. The eight battery packs are located on the roof of the articulated bus and are charged at the depot via a CCS-plug. With an average charging power of 100 kW and a maximum power of up to 150 kW, the articulated bus can be fully charged in less than four hours. Compared to the diesel version the new Lion's City 18 E has no engine tunnel any more which provides more light and four additional seats in the rear, same as in the 12-metre Lion's City.

As part of its e-mobility roadmap, MAN Truck & Bus is sending a fleet of 15 demo e-buses to customers in five European countries (Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, France) this year to be deployed in everyday operations. This testing programme includes two field trials with the new MAN Lion’s City 18 E, which will be premièred on the streets of Barcelona (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) and Cologne (Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG). In December 2019, MAN Truck & Bus delivered the first two 12-metre electric buses to the transport operators Hamburger Hochbahn AG and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH for everyday use in the Hanseatic port city. MAN will also hand over the 18-metre electric bus to the transport operators Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG (KVB) in Cologne and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) in Spain, in order to conduct the planned practical testing there, too.

The first mass-produced MAN Lion’s City E 12-metre solo-version buses are set to be delivered to customers in the fourth quarter of 2020. The fully electric Lion’s City E in the articulated bus version will follow approximately six months later, and should go into series production in the first half of 2021.

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