At the international level, electromobility is rapidly gaining momentum, both for cars and for buses, trucks, commercial vehicles. Demand for electric buses is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, with sales of zero-emission buses growing to 80 percent of the global market by 2040.
In the first phase, MAN will offer the eBus chassis as a two-axle vehicle for use as a low-floor low-entry bus and a high-floor intercity bus. “To ensure that the eBus chassis can be used anywhere, there will be left-hand drive and right-hand drive options,” said the head of bus development at MAN Truck & Bus. This is especially interesting for countries where left-hand traffic exists and where MAN buses are already part of the traffic.
In terms of components for the eBus chassis, MAN uses Lion's City E technologies, most notably an electric central motor on the rear axle and battery technology from the Volkswagen Group. “With this already proven technology and our many years of experience in chassis technology, we are able to offer our customers an innovative and efficient solution for electric vehicles for urban and intercity transportation,” says the head of the company.
With battery technology, MAN is taking it one step further to meet the sometimes very different requirements of international bus companies in terms of daily mileage, total mileage and costs. In addition to the NMC (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Battery) technology known from Lion's City E, there will also be LFP (Lithium Ferrophosphate Battery) technology.