Copenhagen is the city of royal palaces, brightly coloured houses and the Little Mermaid statue. And soon, its newest attraction will be 25 MAN Lion’s City 12 E models, which will provide an extra-environmentally friendly means of transport for visitors and residents alike as they travel around the Danish capital. The all-electric buses are due to be delivered to Anchersen A/S later this year.
“A few months ago, Nobina Sverige AB ordered 22 Lion’s City E buses from us for Malmö, Sweden. After this order, that now represents the next biggest purchase of our electric buses from Scandinavia. With that in mind, as well as the fact that these are the first MAN city buses supplied to Anchersen, we’re delighted with the order,” explained Rudi Kuchta, Head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus. “It’s great to see that our electric bus is gaining such a positive reception, that it’s on the road in more and more cities in Europe, and that the issue of protecting our environment is becoming more and more important in scheduled-service transport.”
The 25 state-of-the-art city buses are due to be delivered at the end of the year. They will serve the 7A bus route through Copenhagen City Centre, which is used by more than 4.3 million passengers each year. In the MAN Lion’s City E, Anchersen has opted for a reliable electric bus with tried-and-tested cell and battery technology. “For us, the role of electric vehicles in bus transport will be a top priority in the future. To make urban transport as sustainable as possible, our new city buses are charged exclusively using green electricity. This means that they are completely emission-free in day-to-day service as well as being extremely quiet on the road,” added Poul Anchersen, the CEO and owner of Anchersen A/S. “In addition, MAN city buses offer our customers maximum comfort and safety thanks to the ESP system installed as an additional feature, among other things.”
The new Copenhagen city buses offer space for up to 76 passengers. Extended seat pitch and comfortable padded seats ensure that passengers have a pleasant experience en route from A to B. “Providing sufficient space is currently becoming much more important in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. Riders on our buses have the opportunity to keep a better distance from their fellow passengers,” said Rudi Kuchta. In the Lion’s City E, this is primarily due to the optimised seating area in the rear, which was made possible due to the lack of any engine housing in the passenger compartment.
MAN uses a central motor on the rear axle to drive its electric bus. This has several advantages: Driving stability and safety increase, as does the maximum energy recovery during braking. The power for the fully electric driveline comes from the batteries on the vehicle’s roof, which have an installed capacity of 480 kWh. MAN relies on sophisticated battery cell technology from the Group’s modular system. As a result, the electric buses offer a reliable range of 200 km and up to 270 km in favourable conditions over the entire service life of the batteries.
The batteries are depot-charged via a combined charging system (CCS) connector. An average charging power of 100 kW, the MAN Lion’s City 12 E is fully charged in less than three hours – and at the maximum charging power of 150 kW, the charging time is shorter still. Charged in the depot, the long-lasting batteries guarantee simple integration into existing commercial operations. To ensure that it has sufficient charging capacity for the electric city buses, Anchersen A/S is planning to build an electric bus port with 25 charging stations at its depot in Jernholmen, just outside Copenhagen.