MAN increases electric bus sales by 193 per cent

The Traton brand MAN sold 771 electric buses in Europe in 2023. Thus, it almost tripled the sales figures for the Lion's City E compared to the previous year (263 electric buses in 2022).

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According to MAN Truck & Bus, it has a market share of around 13.3 per cent in the European electric bus market. The top markets are Germany, Sweden, Spain, Norway and Belgium. These five countries account for almost 80 per cent of all Lion’s City E registered in Europe in 2023.

According to MAN, it was even the market leader in five countries. In Germany, 245 Lion’s City E were registered in 2023, more than any other electric bus model. The Lion’s City E was also the best-selling model in Sweden (126 registrations), Belgium (69 registrations), Austria (26 registrations) and Slovenia (8 registrations) – albeit at a very moderate level in some countries.

In Spain, the electric bus market gained significant momentum in 2023, with 93 vehicles from MAN contributing to this. For instance, the Spanish cities of Alicante, Bilbao, Málaga, San Sebastián and Valencia have opted for the electric MAN city bus. “Our 1,000th Lion’s City E, which rolled off the production line at MAN’s Polish plant in Starachowice in September 2023, almost three years after the start of series production, is also in operation in the greater Madrid area and therefore in Spain,” says Robert Katzer, Head of Sales & Product Bus. The vehicle was ordered and is operated by Auto Periferia S.A., a subsidiary of the Spanish Grupo Ruiz.

76 Lion’s City E hit the road in Norway- all vehicles serve the capital of Oslo for the public transport operator Unibuss since December. These are 59 solo and 17 articulated buses. As the Scandinavian countries are further along in the transition to electric buses anyway, more than 76 electric buses are needed for a top spot in Norway. According to MAN, 230 electrically powered MAN city buses were registered in Sweden, Norway and Denmark in the past financial year.

“We are delighted with these successes, which we owe to our customers, but also to the tireless efforts of our bus team,” says Barbaros Oktay, Head of Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. “In the new year, we clearly want to continue to drive forward the transformation towards sustainable mobility and increase our sales of battery-electric buses.”


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