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The public transport of the future 

 

Electric city buses and minibuses: MAN is making public transport more sustainable with emission-free drive systems. Long-distance transport could soon follow.  

Global warming must be limited to significantly below two degrees to avoid a dangerous disruption to our climate – this is the central demand of the Paris Climate Agreement, to which nations from around the world have signed up. The 27 member states of the EU have also set their own ambitious target: Europe will be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. 

Public transport also has its part to play in this. Among other things, this means that diesel buses will soon be things of the past – the future belongs to electric vehicles. MAN is also working towards the public transport of the future and has already made good progress: the company is preparing its workforce for the new technologies, advising its customers on their adoption of electromobility, and already has a highly successful electric bus for public transport in its portfolio in the shape of the MAN Lion’s City E. 

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have set themselves the goal of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.


 

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completed by the MAN Lion's City 12 E on the "Eelctrifying Europe Tour" from Munich to Limerick in Ireland


 

2023: electric bus solution for the global market from MAN 

 

The MAN Lion’s City E is available in two variants: a twelve-metre-long solo bus and an 18-metre-long articulated bus. Both are now in scheduled service throughout Europe. No matter whether you’re in Barcelona, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Malmö, Luxembourg or Zurich, the local emission-free electric bus is demonstrating how well it can master city traffic in more and more European cities and how easily it can integrate into existing routes – and that as a result, it is the vehicle of the future for public transport. 

In the spring of 2022, the Lion’s City E showed that it can handle long distances too. It covered some 2,500 kilometres from Munich in Germany to Limerick in Ireland on its Electrifying Europe tour, proving its outstanding everyday abilities. After all, clean and sustainable mobility does not stop at the borders of Europe. An electric bus solution for the global market based on the MAN e-bus chassis is set to launch in 2023. 

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New chassis MAN will be offering an electric bus solution for the global market as early as 2023 with a new eBus chassis.

Over 1,000 electric buses ordered 

 

Since sales began in 2020, MAN customers in Europe have already ordered more than 1,000 fully electric MAN Lion’s City E buses. By 2025, half of all new MAN city buses will use alternative means of propulsion, and just five years later, MAN is planning to supply 90 per cent of its city buses with battery drive systems. 

While current e-buses are taking their passengers silently and emission-free from A to B, the team at MAN are working to continuously improve their products. The current focus is on measures to increase efficiency – and thus range – and to optimise comfort for drivers and passengers. Measures to reduce weight, to introduce more environmentally friendly CO2 air conditioning systems and to improve acoustics are already under way. 

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of city buses to be battery-powered by 2030


 

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Energy from Nuremberg MAN's eBuses and eTrucks do not draw their energy from this solar park; in future, the batteries will be manufactured in the new battery factory in Nuremberg.

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One size smaller but also electric: the eTGE.

More than 400 kilometres of range from 2025 

 

The next generation of batteries will significantly increase the range of the electric bus – most likely from 2025. With a range of more than 400 kilometres, MAN customers could cover almost all routes on a single battery charge. The batteries for these e-buses and trucks will come from the new MAN battery factory in Nuremberg. 

The MAN product portfolio also contains a sustainable, zero-emission vehicle for smaller groups of passengers: the eTGE Kombi is the company’s first fully electric minibus and has been available since late 2019. It is based on the MAN eTGE electric van, currently in series production, and is designed for a maximum of eight people. This makes the minibus ideal for city-centre transport in low-emission zones. This size of vehicle is also playing an increasingly important role for car- and ride-sharing projects. 

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E-mobility for the long haul MAN is also planning to electrify its intercity buses and coaches in the medium term. Hydrogen-based drives with fuel cells could also be used here.

Electrification of touring coaches planned 

 

Depending on market trends, MAN is planning to proceed with the electrification of its intercity buses and touring coaches in the near future. Nevertheless, a number of different drive technologies are under consideration for long-distance transport. One possible alternative to battery electric operation is a hydrogen-based system using fuel cells. 

Which technology is used for long-distance travel depends on many factors. The availability and costs for the energy medium in question, the development of the charging infrastructure and advances in drive technologies all play a key role. But here too, as elsewhere in the field of alternative drive technologies: the future starts now! 

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Charging made easy The MAN Lion's City E can draw fresh power from a "normal" charging station - as here at a "Tesla Supercharger" in Rouen, France.

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