The leading commercial vehicle manufacturer from Germany, MAN Trucks & Bus has officially introduced the electric bus chassis, Lion’s Chassis E which is scheduled to be marketed globally starting next year in production starting in 2024.
The MAN Lion’s Chassis E electric bus chassis, which is claimed to be suitable as a city bus chassis, has been shown for the first time by the company at the Australasia Bus & Coach Expo trade show in Sydney, Australia.
Based on the technology of the MAN Lion’s City E electric bus model, the electric bus chassis will be available with two axles that can be used as low-floor (“Lion’s Chassis E LF”), low-entry (“Lion’s Chassis E LE”) and high-floor buses. (“Lion’s Chassis E HF”).
Rudi Kuchta, Head of MAN Truck & Bus Bus Business Unit said that the introduction of the future bus chassis is a way for the company to move further and make traffic in cities around the world cleaner, quieter and safer.
According to him, to enter the market, MAN also wants to cooperate with a network of bus body manufacturers (carrosses) around the world in order to best serve the needs of local customers in Asia, Africa, South America, New Zealand and Australia.
“With our electric bus chassis, we now offer MAN electric bus solutions for the international market, and bus body makers from around the world for those who need the chassis of the bus of the future,” he explained in his official release.
As a source of power, a subsidiary of the Traton Group is rumored to be offering two alternative batteries for its electric buses consisting of NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) batteries and LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) batteries.
In 2023, MAN plans to deliver the first demonstration vehicle and test the chassis performance of the electric bus which will then hit the series production line in 2024 in Starachowice, Poland.
Even so, the electric batteries for the buses will still be supplied from Germany. MAN also plans to produce high-voltage batteries in large-scale production at the Nuremberg, Germany site from early 2025.
“With the MAN Lion’s Chassis E electric bus chassis, we are in a position to make it easier for companies and operators to shift their fleets to the electric technology that is currently needed,” said Crinel Geaboc, Head of Bus and Coach MAN at Penske Australia.