MAN Lion’s Chassis E LF, a fully electric low-floor chassis made a debut at the Australia Bus & Coach Expo recently.
First Demo Vehicles to be Delivered as Early as 2023
At the beginning of October, MAN Truck & Bus celebrated a world premiere: the new Lion’s Chassis E LF, a fully electric low-floor chassis, was presented to the public at the Australasia Bus & Coach Expo in Sydney.
The chassis is based on proven technologies from the MAN Lion’s City E, which is already operating successfully in many European countries and proving its everyday suitability, performance and reliability day after day.
“We are very pleased that the MAN Lion’s Chassis E has been presented live here in Australia for the first time,” says Crinel Geaboc, Head of MAN Bus and Coach at Penske Australia, exclusive MAN partner in Australia and New Zealand. Geaboc continues: “MAN offers one of the most technologically advanced diesel buses on the Australian market. The new electric chassis perfectly complements the existing range.”
MAN‘s clear goal is to further advance this and to make traffic in cities all over the world even cleaner, quieter and safer. In addition, every second MAN city bus sold is to have an emission-free drive by 2025. “The new Lion’s Chassis E is an essential building block for us to achieve this goal. Because with our electric chassis we now offer the MAN electric bus solution for the international markets, and bodybuilders from all over the world receive the ideal basis for their fully electric models with the chassis,” says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus, and adds: “In this way we can also provide our customers with emission-free solutions outside Europe.”
Especially in times when sustainable mobility is increasingly coming into focus, such an offer is of particular importance. “With the Lion’s Chassis E, we are in a position to make it much easier for companies and operators to switch their fleets to electric technologies, which is already required in this country,” says Crinel Geaboc. This also succeeds because MAN offers two alternatives in terms of battery technology. In this way, the sometimes enormously different requirements of international bus companies in terms of daily range, total kilometre performance and costs are to be met. In concrete terms, this means that in addition to the NMC technology (lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery) familiar from the Lion’s City E, there will be LFP technology (lithium ferrophosphate battery).
MAN will initially offer the all-electric chassis as a two-axle vehicle for low floor (Lion’s Chassis E LF), low-entry (Lion’s Chassis E LE) and high-floor (Lion’s Chassis E HF) applications. To ensure that it can be used everywhere, it will also be available as a left- and right-hand drive version. This is particularly interesting for countries such as Singapore, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, where left-hand drive is the norm and MAN buses are already in use.