At the press conference held at Vilnius Adampolis Auto Center, 100% of MAN Lion’s City E 12 electric bus. The results of the latest tests are staggering – 24 hours of continuous use, no intermediate charging and a distance of 550.8 kilometers – impressive, in real conditions on 18 May. Test results for MAN electric bus in Munich. MAN Lion’s City E has demonstrated that electric mobility is now adaptable to everyday use and is a great alternative to local public transport.
A new generation of buses – easier maintenance and digitization
For me, the Lion’s City E bus has been in series production since this year. There are two bus length options: 12 and 18 meters. The 12-meter-long bus can accommodate up to 90 passengers, and the 18-meter can accommodate up to 130 passengers at a time.
“It’s always a little intimidating when technology, the generation of vehicles, is changing. The question is: how do we take care of them? Electric vehicles are easy to maintain and require less attention – there are simply fewer repairs, wear parts. We have the necessary knowledge and support from the MAN Truck & Bus manufacturer organization to ensure proper vehicle service. „Adampolis “in the service network,” he says „Adampolis ”UAB Commercial Director Ričardas Tverijonas.
The bus can currently be equipped with 480 kWh and 640 kWh batteries.
A key advantage of the new electric buses is that customers can charge their existing buses in fleets and will not need to invest extra in charging infrastructure.
The new generation of buses has a high level of integration and digitization. All data provided by the bus computer is automatically transferred to the platform developed by MAN – „MAN DigitalService ”. “We want to monitor the status, make decisions at a distance these days. It is a very simple tool used by our existing tractor and city bus customers,” Tverijon emphasized during the conference.
A test run was carried out in Munich on a daily basis under the supervision of TÜV SÜD
On 18 May in Munich, the MAN Lion’s Cyty E electric city bus, with MAN ProfiDrive drivers at the forefront, traveled exactly 24 hours on the Karlsfelder Straße, Moosacher and Puchheimer stations. The MAN eBus Efficiency Run was joined by journalists and experts from the official test facility TÜV SÜD, who sealed the car’s charging socket before the bus started, removed the seal at the end of the day and calculated the distance traveled. MAN Lion’s City E drove a specific route, stopped at each bus stop, opened and closed the door. In addition, additional weights were used to simulate the average passenger weight. It was driven by a partially loaded bus, with the spring temperature in the air on a fairly level city / intercity route – in practical conditions. Even the 550-kilometer distance is more than a great result, reflecting the positive experiences of most customers who have used or tested MAN Lion’s City E.
Last year, for example, in the Spanish city of Badajoz, the test results of a 12-meter-long electric bus were truly impressive. At temperatures above 35 degrees, Lion’s City E successfully completed the entire 16-hour shift and traveled 284 kilometers on the public transport operator’s route. At the end of the day, the bus battery was not yet fully discharged.
Great reviews even after testing on the streets of Vilnius
„Vilnius Public Transport UAB tested the electric bus on the real existing route 10 of Vilnius (Fabijoniškės – Baltupiai – Markučiai). Passengers were able to realistically feel the comfort of the new bus and appreciate the modern design.
“The testing took 6 days, of which there were two holidays, one holiday and two working days. The length of the route in both directions was 25 kilometers. We could learn more about the batteries if we tested the bus for a longer time, but overall we are satisfied with the remaining battery ”, – shared the testing impressions with UAB „Vilnius Public Transport ”repair department manager Andžėj Puzevič. Asked how the drivers who will test the bus were chosen, A. Puzėvič answered: „Our company has constant drivers who test buses all the time. They thoroughly inspect all bus equipment and then provide any feedback. I could say that the drivers of all the buses tested tested the best about this bus. ”
Thanks to the sophisticated battery technology, the possibility of using an electric bus will take away the promise
This success is partly due to the state-of-the-art battery cell technology developed by the Volkswagen Group, which MAN uses in its electric buses. In addition, due to the complex temperature control, the electric bus will be able to be used in a variety of weather conditions, regardless of the time of year. This is why Lion’s City E is guaranteed to cover up to 270 kilometers throughout the life of the battery. During the efficient operation of the MAN electric bus, it has been demonstrated that the mileage can jump even above the 270-kilometer limit in optimal daily conditions.
The distance traveled is also influenced by innovative technologies and an efficient driving style. This is why MAN ProfiDrive drivers were experienced at the wheel of the bus during the entire test drive in Munich. Driver training is at the heart of the whole concept of electric mobility.
MAN is one of the first electric buses in the world
Electric vehicles are not a novelty for the MAN brand. 1970 The MAN 750 HO-M10 E was one of the world’s first fully electric city buses. It could accommodate as many as 99 passengers, could reach a top speed of 60 km / h, and had enough battery to cover 50 kilometers. Held in Munich in 1972. at the olympics, the MAN electric bus transported the athletes to the competition.
Electric mobility trends and first orders in Europe
The trend towards electric mobility is particularly marked in cities. As early as 2020. The single European market for electric buses consisted of more than 2,000 vehicles, mainly used in urban centers. MAN Truck & Bus expects that by 2025 half of all new MAN city buses will be based on alternative technologies. To meet the growing demand for Lion’s City E, the MAN manufacturer continues to actively increase its production capacity. The company plans to produce up to 2,500 vehicles per year at its plant in Poland next year. If after 2026. demand will continue to grow, production capacity will be able to increase.
Following the adoption of the directive on clean road transport by the European Union, cities have been required to set up a zero-emission mobility system with the aim of achieving zero emissions instead of zero. More and more public transport companies are beginning to realize this goal, but so far most are considering the purchase of battery-powered city buses. It is gratifying that the first real orders for electric buses are already in full swing. In the near future, you will be able to travel on the MAN electric bus in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
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An electrified future!
MAN Truck & Bus firmly believes that the future of urban mobility lies in electric vehicles. Therefore, the company dedicated its activities to one main goal – battery-powered electric vehicles. The new MAN Lion’s City E is the perfect standard solution for local public transport. Integrated electric mobility consulting and futuristic mobility solutions focused on charging infrastructure, sustainability and digitalisation will undoubtedly benefit both electric bus drivers and customers.
With innovative, everyday electric buses and tailored services, MAN wants to provide the best possible support for the commercial vehicle sector. This sector is extremely important when it comes to reducing transport’s dependence on fossil fuels and striving for greenhouse gas-neutral mobility. The direction of such travel is determined by legal CO2 reduction specifications.
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