MAN Truck & Bus
The MAN Lion’s City E is a successful model. Since its market launch in 2020, well over 1,000 orders have already been received for the fully electric city bus. The capabilities of the eBus have been impressively demonstrated, not least on the May 2022 Electrifying Europe Tour, which included a journey of over 2,500 kilometres through eight countries.
Now, the model series is getting a new addition. In addition to the 12.2-metre-long MAN Lion’s City 12 E and the 18.1-metre-long MAN Lion’s City 18 E, a shorter midibus version with a length of 10.5 metres will soon be on the road in European cities: the MAN Lion’s City 10 E. With a record-breaking turning circle of 17.2 metres, compact dimensions and a wheelbase of only 4.4 metres, it is the ideal solution for narrow city centres and busy pedestrian zones.
THE NEW MAN LION’S CITY 10 E RELIES ON THE TRIED-AND-TESTED TECHNOLOGY FROM OUR LION’S CITY E FAMILY, WHILE ALSO BEING A COMPACT ALL-ROUNDER FOR NARROW INNER-CITY ROADS.
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MAN has a major competitive advantage with the Lion’s City 10 E, as the company offers a length variant not produced by many other competitors, but which is becoming increasingly popular. This is because smaller “midibuses” are perfect for customer-oriented “on-demand” services. Firstly, the compact MAN Lion’s City 10 E is the perfect travel solution during busy periods, such as during rush hour or large events. Secondly, it is ideal to be used as a manoeuvrable inner-city shuttle, which usually only carry a few passengers.
“The new MAN Lion’s City 10 E relies on the tried-and-tested technology from our Lion’s City E family, while also being a compact all-rounder for narrow inner-city roads. Thanks to the shortened wheelbase, it’s like driving a go-kart. I am delighted to be able to accompany the new Lion’s City 10 E as it enters the market,” says Stephan Rudnitzky, Bus Segment Manager at MAN Truck & Bus.
The ten-metre-long eBus has a battery capacity of up to 400 kilowatt hours and therefore offers a range of 300 kilometres. With the next battery generation, the electric bus ranges will increase significantly – probably from 2025 onwards. Public transport customers will then be able to cover almost all routes with a single battery charge, with ranges of more than 400 kilometres.
The MAN central engine on the rear axle offers a peak output of 240 kW (326 hp), with a continuous output of 160 kW (217 hp). Thanks to the single-stage adaptive gearbox, propulsion is stepless and accomplished without disruptive gear changes. The particularly sustainable CO2 air conditioning system from MAN, which has been available since mid-2022, ensures the optimum climate on board.
The MAN Lion’s City 10 E is based on the construction kit of the 12 E: width, height, overhangs and the concept of no engine tower at the rear remain the same. The “shortening” of the body took place exclusively between the axles, which resulted in the short wheelbase. In addition, 350 kilograms of weight were saved, which has a positive effect on fuel consumption. With a maximum of 33 seats and up to 80 passengers, there are therefore more seats available than in the few competitors in the segment.
Like all MAN eBuses, the MAN Lion’s City 10 E is powered by the group’s lithium-ion batteries, which have a particularly high energy density and service life. Four or even five packs are installed on the roof. Like its two longer sister models, the ten-metre eBus is charged up to 150 kW in the depot via CCS plug. A full charge of four battery packs takes less than two and a half hours, with five packs the bus needs about three hours.
IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, ALMOST SIX PERCENT OF OUR NEW CITY BUSES WERE ELECTRIC. THAT FIGURE IS SET TO RISE TO HALF BY 2025, AND BY 2030, WE WANT AROUND 90 PERCENT OF THE CITY BUSES WE SUPPLY TO BE BATTERY-POWERED
OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE CUSTOMERS WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE SUPPORT IN THEIR DAILY WORK – WHETHER WITH CUSTOMISED SOLUTIONS, INDIVIDUAL CONSULTING SERVICES OR NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Production of the MAN Lion’s City 10 E will take place at the Polish plant in Starachowice from the beginning of 2023, in accordance with the same high quality standards as for all other MAN Truck & Bus city buses. The shortest city bus of the new MAN Lion’s City generation also offers the same sophisticated technology as its longer colleagues. For example, modern safety systems such as ESP, an active warning turn-off assistant, day-bright LED headlights or the camera-based MAN OptiView mirror replacement system are all on board.
MAN presented the new MAN Lion’s City 10 E to international press representatives for the first time during the MAN eMobility Experience (link to report!). Among them were the 23 journalists from the international “Bus of the Year” expert jury, who awarded the MAN Lion’s City E the title of “Bus of the Year 2023” at the IAA 2022 in Hanover.
“In the last financial year, almost six percent of our new city buses were electric. That figure is set to rise to half by 2025, and by 2030, we want around 90 percent of the city buses we supply to be battery-powered,” explains Rudi Kuchta, Head of the Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. In order to best prepare customers for the switch to electric mobility, the experts at MAN Transport Solutions provide advice and support before, during and after the vehicles are ordered. With the help of detailed route and deployment analyses, individual calculations of energy consumption and ranges, the vehicle use of the MAN Lion’s City E can be optimised for every application. “Our goal is to provide customers with the best possible support in their daily work – whether with customised solutions, individual consulting services or new technologies,” says Kuchta.
of city buses are to be battery-powered by 2030.