MAN Truck & Bus formally introduced the beginning of collection manufacturing of battery-powered metropolis buses at its plant in Starachowice, Poland, at first of October.
Initially, the corporate launched a 12 meter solo model of the MAN Lion City E, which will likely be adopted by the 18 meter long MAN Lion’s City 18 E articulated version within the first half of 2021.
The primary items will likely be heading off to the Hamburg-Holstein public transportation firm (VHH) – in complete 17 autos will likely be delivered by the tip of the yr.
One other first buyer is Nobina Sverige AB, which ordered 22 autos for Malmö in Sweden.
EVs are produced alongside standard fashions, on a single manufacturing line and with none bridging amenities, which required a big integration effort:
“A substantial amount of thought went into discovering methods to totally combine the manufacturing sequence into the present setup. In spite of everything, on the electrical bus, round 30 to 40% of the physique shell alone is totally different to that of its standard counterpart. Then there’s the electrical driveline, the batteries and different high-voltage parts.
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 round 3,500 staff needed to undergo in depth coaching.”
And here’s a demo of the 18E model: