The first highlight of the day is clear before we even set off. Our bus is a real miracle of efficiency. When we looked at the trip data analysis after the first day, we were amazed to discover that we still have almost two thirds of the battery capacity left thanks to the outstanding regeneration achieved by our driver Heinrich Degenhart on the 1st stage, a total of 165.5 kilometres.
“How does the bus manage such good figures?”, we hear you ask. We can tell you it takes smooth driving, lots of downhill energy regeneration and a perfect combination of temperatures both inside and outside the bus. That’s the way to go! Nevertheless, we still charged the bus during our first night because today has quite a lot of uphill driving. We plugged in at MAN Truck & Bus Vertrieb Österreich GesmbH.
A word about charging: For customers who are ordering electric vehicles, MAN can offer a 360-degree package. “MAN Transport Solutions” is the name of the department that provides customers with an integrated e-vehicle and charging infrastructure deal. In addition to the model of their choice, the customer will also be supplied with the right charging solution too. Our road trip bus, the MAN Lion’s City E, offers its owner a choice of five possible CCS connectors, meaning that it can be easily charged in any depot. In two years, overhead charging will also be an option with the “inverted pantograph”.