The bus operator Nobina Sverige has ordered 22 Lion’s City E electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus, whose series production recently started in Poland. The 22 fully electric buses will go into service in Malmö from June 2021.
The deal with Nobina is no surprise: MAN had already mentioned the order for the 22 vehicles for Malmö in the press release on the start of production of the Lion’s City E but did not provide many details.
According to MAN, the city buses are to be delivered in May next year. They are scheduled to start operation in Malmö in mid-June 2021. According to the order, the 12-meter solo buses will have a battery capacity of 480 kWh, and MAN estimates their range at 200 to 270 kilometres. Each bus will be able to transport up to 88 passengers (35 seated).
MAN claims the Lion’s City E offers passengers a high level of climate comfort. For the driver, too, there will be a “driver’s workplace that complies with modern ergonomic rules and offers a perfect overview for increased safety”.
This is MAN’s first significant order for its electric buses outside Germany after the order placed by Hamburg public transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) for 17 Lion’s City E. “This clearly shows how great the international interest in innovative and future-oriented drive technology is,” says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus.
Nobina is the largest bus operator in Northern Europe with around 7,600 employees and sales of 840 million euros. In Malmö, the MAN vehicles will not be the first electric buses: At the beginning of the year, Nobina ordered 60 articulated electric buses from Volvo for use in the southern Swedish city. For other cities in Scandinavia, Nobina had ordered several lots of electric buses from the Chinese manufacturer BYD.