MAN Lion’s City 12E Electric Bus Debuts At The 2018 IAA

SEP 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

MAN finally shows off an EV bus, but needs two more years to deliver it.

As promised, MAN Truck & Bus unveiled at the 2018 IAA its first all-electric bus, the MAN Lion’s City 12E.

The German manufacturer (part of Volkswagen Group) is late to the party with electric buses, especially since series production is scheduled for the second half of 2020, which means two more years of maybe some pilot programs until volume sales will begin.

According to MAN, the company “is operating on the assumption that around 66% of scheduled-service buses will be electric by 2030“.

Anyways, the electric version of Lion’s City looks good and seems promising. MAN opts for centrally mounted electric motors to lower maintenance costs compared to motors in close proximity to the wheels.

The battery packs are installed on the roof – 480 kWh in 12-meter version and 640 kWh in 18 -meter version for at least 200 km (125 miles) of range in real-world conditions.

MAN Lion’s City 12E

“A slightly modified design highlights the unique nature of the electric drive. Its most striking feature is the lack of a rear engine compartment, with the batteries installed on the roof, making room for an ideal seating area at the back. Firstly, this positioning moves the batteries away from the vehicle’s rear, which is vulnerable in the event of a crash. Secondly, it allows for more design flexibility, more pleasant lighting and up to four additional seats in the interior.”

DC charging for now is limited at 150 kW, but it probably will be higher when sales begin in 2020.

MAN Lion’s City 12E spec:

  • about 200 km (125 miles) of real world range – up to 270 km (168 miles) under favourable conditions
  • 480 kWh battery
  • single 160-270 kW centrally mounted electric motor (on the rear axle)
  • DC fast charging in around at up to 150 kW

MAN Lion’s City 18E (articulated) spec:

  • about 200 km (125 miles) of real world range – up to 270 km (168 miles) under favourable conditions
  • 640 kWh battery
  • two centrally mounted electric motors (on the second and third axles)
  • DC fast charging in around at up to 150 kW

MAN Lion’s City 12E

Press release:

MAN Lion’s City E: Easing the Way to Zero Emissions

MAN Truck & Bus is showcasing its fully electric Lion’s City at this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) for Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, Germany.

  • MAN opts for central motor and depot charging for its electric bus
  • Reliable range of 200 km (and up to 270 km under favourable conditions) over entire battery life
  • Mass production to start in the second half of 2020
  • MAN’s comprehensive consulting services make it as easy as possible for transport companies to get started with electric vehicles

In light of demands for progressively lower emissions in urban centres, one thing is certain: the future of local public transport will overwhelmingly be fully electric. MAN Truck & Bus is operating on the assumption that around 66% of scheduled-service buses will be electric by 2030. In this spirit, MAN is showcasing the fully electric version of the new MAN Lion’s City urban transit bus at the 2018 IAA for Commercial Vehicles. This tops off MAN’s new generation of city buses, following on from diesel and gas engines with a zero-emissions variant.

A slightly modified design highlights the unique nature of the electric drive. Its most striking feature is the lack of a rear engine compartment, with the batteries installed on the roof, making room for an ideal seating area at the back. Firstly, this positioning moves the batteries away from the vehicle’s rear, which is vulnerable in the event of a crash. Secondly, it allows for more design flexibility, more pleasant lighting and up to four additional seats in the interior.

MAN has opted for one central motor to power its electric bus (on the rear axle), then two to power its articulated bus (on the second and third axles). These are easier to access and more simply designed than motors in close proximity to the wheels, which provides advantages in terms of maintenance and the total cost of ownership (TCO). In particular, the articulated bus benefits in terms of its handling. The two driven axles increase its driving stability and, in turn, its safety, as well as providing maximum energy recovery when braking.

The fully electric driveline produces 160 to 270 kW in the Solobus. The power used for this comes from the modular batteries with 480 kWh capacity (Solo) or 640 kWh (articulated). In selecting these, MAN decided to take advantage of precision-engineered battery cell technology from the company’s existing range. These batteries’ sophisticated temperature management guarantees especially strong availability, regardless of the time of year. This way, the Lion’s City E can reliably ensure their range of 200 km (or up to 270 km under favourable conditions) over their batteries’ full life cycles.

The batteries are plugged into a CCS and charged at the depot, which can fully charge Solobuses in under three hours and articulated buses in under four with an average charging power of 100 kW. This length of time falls accordingly when the maximum charging power of 150 kW is supplied. MAN surveyed close to 200 customers throughout Europe and received feedback from several cities. It concluded that, for the sake of routine operations later in the day, flexible and uninterrupted service (without opportunity charging) is more important than an unlimited range. Especially since battery technology is developing at a rapid pace. The Lion’s City E will remain at the cutting edge in this regard, as it will be possible to upgrade the vehicle concept to the next battery generation. Charging outside of peak hours will also enable operators to tap into smart charge management and benefit from lower electricity rates, further adding to the cost effectiveness of running electric bus services.

Since the electric model is a fully-fledged member of the new MAN Lion’s City family, it will be easy to adopt into professional processes. And, as ever, transport companies will be able to benefit from the MAN service network.

MAN eMobility Roadmap

As part of MAN’s plan for electric vehicles (known as the eMobility Roadmap), a demo fleet will be tested to establish its suitability for everyday use in a series of field trials in mid-2020, partnering with various European operators. To this end, MAN has entered into several innovation partnerships with mass transit operators from Hamburg (Hamburger Hochbahn and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein), Munich (Stadtwerke München and Münchner Verkehrs Gesellschaft) and Wolfsburg (Stadtwerke Wolfsburg and Wolfsburger Verkehrs-GmbH). Another partnership MAN has agreed is with two companies from Luxembourg: Voyages Emile Weber and Losch Luxembourg, a Volkswagen Group importer and the largest dealership group in the country. The MAN Lion’s City E vehicles will then go into mass production in 2020.

MAN Truck & Bus recognises that transport companies and fleet operators face a number of challenges beyond straightforward vehicle considerations when transitioning from “low emissions” to “no emissions”. As a result, it has established a specialised consultation team called MAN Transport Solutions for custom transport solutions that deliver maximum cost effectiveness. Drawing on a wealth of experience, the highly-skilled consultants are not limited to providing advice regarding the vehicle itself. They can also cover issues relating to infrastructure and energy demand, as well as maintenance concepts and fleet design, providing the best possible support to the operators.

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10 Comments on "MAN Lion’s City 12E Electric Bus Debuts At The 2018 IAA"

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HvI

And in the mean time… VDL introduces two new VDL Citea Electric variants: VDL Bus & Coach introduces Citea 12 and 12.9-metre Low Entry Electric.

http://www.vdlbuscoach.com/News/News-Library/2018/VDL-Bus—Coach-introduceert-Citea-12-en-12,9-mete.aspx?lang=en-US

John Doe

Scania (also part of VW) sold their first electric buses in March this year, and have had hybrids for years.
But who cares. . As long as electric buses are sold and used more and more – and they have equal quality to normal buses.
Almost all short range bus routes will be using electric buses over the next 10 years.

John-EU

‘Late to the party’. That qualifies for the understatement of the century.

eject

No. It is just drivel. They already have electric busses on the market. This is a new model, not their first.

Windbourne

I find the battery installation on the rooftop interesting. Europe has such mild weather (until you are in the arctic circle). As such, heat and cold does not really do a major thing to their EVs (or their building HVACs). BUT, if they go to sell this bus to America, most of Latin America, or Most of Asia, it will be exposed to some major heat. After all, nowhere in Europe are they exposed to say 45-55C (maybe greece/turkey area, but even then it will be around 45C). Though I am sure that the northern parts of Europe will see similar American temps of -40 to -60C

Davek

Are you talking air temperatures? Because in the sun you can easily get that kind of temperature anywhere in the southern half of Europe, especially Spain or Italy. And it’s getting more and more common every year. As for the low end, Europe is pretty mild compared to North America; even in northern Norway you don’t often get below -20°C, AFAIK. But in any case, for most city buses the advantages of having a low floor far outweigh the extra effort needed to insulate the battery on the roof.

antrik

Only 200 – 220 km from a 480 kWh battery? That doesn’t sound right…

Tman

480 kWh is total capacity. Usable capacity is 300 kWh which makes more sense at 1.36 – 1.5kWh per km. The 640kWh version has 400kWh usable. That’s 62.5% usable capacity for both buses. Very conservative and should ensure 10yr operation without range degradation. Here’s a link to an earlier german article from March 2018 https://omnibus.news/elektrischer-lionscity

R Shah

Dumb idea to put heavy batteries on the roof of the bus.

Celestar

Why? There’s not much space anywhere else if you want a floor height of something like 25-30cm, considering you do want some ground clearance in a vehicle that is 12 meters long.