Transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein has confirmed an order for 17 electric MAN Lion’s City E buses. This is the first order for the Lion's City E. MAN which is starting production of the electric bus during 2020. The delivery of the 12-metre vehicles will be in the second half of 2020.
The order is one of two tendered lots by the transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH). "We’re very happy about the order because for us, it’s the first large customer delivery of electric buses as part of a tender.
It’s therefore a significant milestone on the e-mobility roadmap," says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Product & Sales Bus, as well as Speaker Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus.
Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein receives a test vehicle at the end of December to gain experience in daily use. The Lion’s City 12 E is able to hold up to 88 passengers. The omission of the engine tower allowed the seating area in the rear to be optimised and addition of up to four extra seating places was achieved.
The batteries are placed on the roof and connect to a central motor on the rear axle to drive the vehicle.
The all-electric driveline produces 160 kW up to a maximum of 240 kW fed by batteries with 480 kWh of installed capacity. MAN uses battery cell technology from the Group’s modular kit.
Sophisticated temperature management ensures a particularly good level of availability, regardless of the time of year, allowing MAN to reliably ensure a range of 200 km (and up to 270 km in favourable conditions) over the entire service life of the batteries.
In the coming year, MAN will have a demo fleet of electric buses consisting of 15 test vehicles in five European countries. For this, MAN entered into innovation partnerships with various operators – including Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH).