Ready for urban transport of the future: MAN at the 2019 UITP Summit

Even more efficient and environmentally friendly: MAN city buses with diesel, natural gas and hybrid drive

Today’s city buses for the urban mobility of tomorrow. MAN Truck & Bus presents future-proof solutions for the demands of public transportation at this year’s UITP Global Public Transport Summit. MAN is showcasing the fully electric MAN Lion’s City E at the trade fair stand in Stockholm.

The volume of traffic in cities is growing. Urban mobility is changing and, in the process, politics, city planners and transport operators are facing increasingly large and complex challenges. Future-proof solutions are needed here – especially when it comes to passenger transport. The MAN Lion’s City is the answer to the pressing questions posed by these challenges. MAN offers efficient and climate-friendly mobility solutions for urban transport with its new generation of city buses; they are also tailored to the requirements of the individual customer and demands of the market.

“Our new generation of city buses means MAN is ready for the future! The new MAN Lion’s City is a comprehensive vehicle concept for different drive types, featuring new diesel and gas engines, which, when combined with the MAN EfficientHybrid module, can become even more efficient and environmentally friendly. These new city buses have been successfully rolling off the series production assembly lines since the beginning of May,” said Rudi Kuchta, Head of Product & Sales Bus and Speaker Business Area Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. “We consistently designed the new city bus based on the requirements of future technologies right from the first design sketches. It was also based on the fully electric drive, which we introduced with the MAN Lion’s City E at the IAA 2018, and which we are now showcasing at the UITP Summit in Stockholm. We will be delivering our eBus for the first time to customers in 2019.”

MAN Lion’s City E: the future is electrifying

The fully electric MAN Lion’s City E rounds off MAN’s new generation of city buses as the emission-free version. The distinctiveness of the electric drive is emphasised with a design which has been changed slightly. The eBus is clearly recognisable, particularly due to the extra rear seating places created by omitting the engine tower. The fully electric driveline produces 160 kW up to a maximum 270 kW, allowing the Lion’s City E to reliably ensure a range of 200 km over the entire service life of the batteries. Three electrically powered doors allow access into the interior of the solobus, which features 29 seats.

As part of the e-mobility roadmap, an eBus demo fleet will be launched in five European countries in 2020, and undergo multiple field trials in order to test their suitability for daily use. As part of this, MAN has entered innovation partnerships with various European operators. These include Hamburger Hochbahn and the Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) transport operators, the municipal authorities in Munich and Wolfsburg, as well as the Luxembourgian company, Voyages Emile Weber. The first series-produced vehicles of the MAN Lion’s City E will then be delivered to customers in the second half of 2020.

Diesel version even more efficient with D15 engine and MAN Efficient Hybrid

With a clear focus on efficiency, driving comfort, technology and design, the developers of the new generation of city buses took on the task of setting new standards for all components. The diesel version’s new driveline also embodies this with a new, lighter D1556 LOH engine that already meets the Euro 6d emissions standard, which is to come into effect from 1 September 2019. The highly efficient 9-litre engine is available in the power levels 280, 330 and 360 hp, perfectly covering the typical application fields of city buses. The internal combustion engine can also optionally be supplemented with MAN EfficientHybrid, a system that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions. In doing so, the series-standard stop-start function of the MAN EfficientHybrid provides extremely quiet stop phases at bus stops and traffic lights. In the overall concept of the new MAN Lion’s City, consumption is lowered by up to 16 percent as a result of the combination of the D15 engine, the MAN EfficientHybrid module and the weight reduction of the city bus.

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