MAN Truck & Bus
Incidentally, it’s not by chance that our Lion’s City E is painted blue. All vehicle manufacturers have traditionally used blue as the colour to identify electric vehicles. Of course, MAN has its own blue – a metallic shade that goes by the wonderful name of “Pulse Blue”. It indicates purity and value.
With panels above the front headlights, discreet side panels below the curve of the roof and a strip in the rear window, the blue extends around the whole vehicle, making the e-bus immediately recognisable from any direction. Because the blue is always surrounded by a black outline, it stands out from the corporate design of the bus company, without the colours clashing.
The blade at the sides is characteristic of MAN buses and, together with the optically reduced roof structure, rising dome at the front of the roof and the rear spoiler contributes to the dynamic look of the electric bus. Its silhouette is entirely designed to optimise the drag coefficient.
Stephan Schönherr is responsible for the MAN and NEOPLAN bus design.
Stephan Schönherr and his colleagues have already won many prizes for their designs.
The design of the MAN Lion’s City E makes it immediately recognisable as an electric bus. It shows people that e-mobility is on the streets, here and now!
Electric buses are based on a new technology – and also need to be immediately recognisably innovative.
The designers touched on the typical design elements of the MAN Lion’s City E in several stages.
E-mobility is already a firm part of the traffic on our roads – and it is only going to become more significant.