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MAN Lion’s City E Makes Impression on Roads of Europe

Auto News - Published on Thu, 24 Sep 2020

Image Source: MAN Lion City E Electric Bus
The MAN Lion’s City E turns the vision of completely emissions-free transport into reality and this is now part of everyday life in several European cities. Day after day, the fully electric city bus shows what it is capable of and inspires bus operators, bus drivers and experts alike. E-mobility is picking up pace: At the end of 2019, MAN Truck & Bus handed over the first two MAN Lion’s City E buses in Hamburg. Now, only a few months later, this electric bus is out on the road in several European countries. Hamburg’s electric buses are merely 2 of a total of 15 demo vehicles that will be in practical use as part of MAN’s e-mobility roadmap.

The eBus demo fleet is being used by customers in Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Austria, Switzerland and other countries. MAN Truck & Bus will also hand over the 18-metre-long electric bus to the transport operators Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG in Cologne and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona in Spain, in order to conduct scheduled practical testing and to gain ample experience.

The fully electric MAN Lion’s City E rounds off MAN’s new generation of city buses, as the emissions-free variant. In mid-December 2019, MAN Truck & Bus handed over the first two MAN Lion’s City E vehicles to the transport operators Hamburger Hochbahn AG and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH. The electric buses are now in operation for these companies on a daily basis. A new framework agreement is representative of the Hamburg transport company’s confidence in the MAN eBus: MAN Truck & Bus has concluded a master agreement with HOCHBAHN to supply the MAN Lion’s City 12 E bus and the new Lion’s City 18 E articulated bus. The agreement is part of a record-breaking order to supply HOCHBAHN with up to 530 emissions-free city buses between 2021 and 2025. The exact quantity and the delivery schedule will be determined during the term of the agreement.

The 12-metre version of the MAN Lion’s City E has also been in operation in Munich for several weeks now. It takes local residents and visitors reliably to their destination on route number 100, the MVG museum route, which runs between Munich Central Station and Munich East Station. In addition to the trials in Hamburg and Munich, the MAN Lion’s City E will soon be put through its paces in field trials in Wolfsburg.

The MAN Lion’s City E 12 is making waves in the Spanish city of Badajoz. It recently hit the streets of The University City and impressed during a test run. In challenging temperatures of over 35 degrees, the Lion’s City E completed a full 16-hour shift and covered the entire route; a total distance of 284 km.

Back in mid-May, a MAN electric bus spent four days in Linz showing what it can do. LINZ AG LINIEN was the first transport company in Austria to test the vehicle and they demanded a great deal from the MAN Lion’s City E. The eBus drove around an area of Linz where the streets are narrow and also negotiated steep uphill roads.

15 stops, 17 customers, huge interest: the Lion’s City E toured Switzerland for three weeks as part of MAN’s eBus Roadshow and had heads turning. The first stop was the Verkehrsbetriebe St. Gallen VBSG on 16 June 2020. As was the case at the other pit stops, numerous representatives of transport companies and municipalities took the opportunity to see the electric bus in action.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 24 Sep 2020
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