MAN Truck & Bus started collection manufacturing of battery-powered metropolis buses in October at its plant in Starachowice, Poland.
The primary buyer automobiles to return off the road are 12-meter solo variations of the Lion’s Metropolis E: 17 of those might be heading for Hamburg-Holstein’s public transit company. Malmö, Sweden has positioned an order for 22 items. The articulated model of the Lion’s Metropolis E ought to go into collection manufacturing within the first half of 2021.
The all-electric MAN Lion’s Metropolis E might be constructed on the identical manufacturing line as the corporate’s legacy buses, regardless of the big variations between the electrical and diesel fashions. MAN says 30 to 40% of the physique shell alone is totally different, to say nothing of the electrical driveline, batteries and different high-voltage elements. As a part of the manufacturing preparation course of in Starachowice, new techniques needed to be bought or current ones upgraded, processes needed to be re-engineered, and three,500 workers went by intensive coaching.
The primary two MAN e-buses went into service in Hamburg on the finish of 2019, and the MAN demo fleet has been present process intensive subject trials in scheduled service in Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.
MAN’s electrical buses have additionally been present process intensive extreme-weather testing. The Lion’s Metropolis E confirmed off its means to face up to temperatures of minus 30 levels C above the Arctic Circle, and likewise braved the warmth of the Sierra Nevada in Badajoz, Spain. In summer time temperatures of over 35 levels C, the brand new e-buses accomplished a full 16-hour shift, protecting a whole 284 km route.
“The outcomes of summer time testing present that our electrical bus clearly meets the bold targets we’ve set for necessary points akin to heating and air-con,” says Jörg Junginger, Head of Engineering Bus Car Testing. “The longitudinal dynamics of the bus have additionally undergone intensive testing to make sure that passengers at all times have a protected and comfy journey, even within the occasion of great inclination and energy requests.”
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