MAN has won an iF Gold Award for its Lion's City E as it won over the experts in the “Automobiles/Vehicle/Bikes” category with the winners will be honoured at a ceremony in Berlin on 4 May.
MAN Honoured by iF Gold Award
“Compared to last year, the number of entries increased by around 1,000. With that in mind, we can take even greater pleasure from the fact that the MAN Lion’s City E came out on top – and won an iF Gold Award to boot,” says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus, who adds: “With this latest success story, they have brought us one step closer to becoming the number 1 supplier in the European city bus segment.”
The judging panel acknowledged the ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing design of the electric bus, which is clear and consistent right down to the minutest detail. The official opinion of the design judging panel of the iF International Forum stated: “In terms of the exterior of the vehicle, we were impressed by the front end with its brand-specific headlights, not to mention the use of glass surfaces and modular body parts.” It went on to state: “The interior of the vehicle is characterised by glistening high-quality materials and a modern colour scheme that is reflected even in the minutest details.”
However, the MAN Lion’s City E, which was unveiled to the public at the IAA Commercial Vehicles fair in 2018, has a lot more to offer than outstanding design. This electric bus with its cell and battery technology makes it as easy as possible for transportation companies to enter the e-mobility market. The 12-metre version of the Lion’s City E has space for up to 88 passengers. The fully electric driveline produces between 160 kW and a maximum of 240 kW. The energy for this comes from the modular batteries with 480 kWh of installed capacity. The Lion’s City E reliably achieves a range of 200 km over the entire service life of the batteries, and even up to 270 km in favourable conditions.
The iF Design Award has been awarded annually since 1953 on the basis of established criteria. These criteria include the outer appearance and design of the product, the degree of innovation, ergonomics and functionality as well as environmental aspects. MAN was amongst the winners at the very first awards ceremony in 1953 and, since then, has picked up a total of 15 iF Design Awards; four of which being the iF Gold Award.