Sustainable bus travel generates high-quality urban living standards
Towns and metropolitan cities all around the world are steadily increasing in size. According to UN forecasts, over two thirds of the world’s population will be living in metropolitan areas by 2050.
In order to maintain the living standards under these conditions, a change towards sustainable urban transportation is indispensable: Noise, particulate and pollutant emissions must be reduced and eliminated entirely in the long run. Climate-neutral mobility solutions with zero emissions will define the concepts of the future.
At MAN we believe that electromobility plays a key role in the sustainable design of public transport. We offer support and advice to transport companies and municipalities who are switching over to alternative mobility solutions. Today, this already encompasses the development of viable concepts, and will in future be followed by efficient, practical solutions for vehicle technologies - including reliable MAN services.
“At MAN we are convinced that 60 per cent of local public transport will operate on electric vehicles by 2030.”
Joachim Drees, CEO MAN Truck & Bus AG
Promoting climate protection
With the rise of electromobility, the switch from low emissions to no emissions is now within reach for urban transport.
Securing quality of life
Battery-powered electric vehicles ease the burden on cities and their inhabitants. They reduce noise and particulate emissions to a minimum.
Putting the future within reach
Sustainable and efficient: With MAN’s solutions for eMobility, municipalities and transport companies shape the urban traffic system of tomorrow.
Comprehensive advice for your successful switch to alternative drive systems
The journey towards zero-emission mobility poses a series of challenges to transport companies, fleet operators and municipalities, which go beyond the vehicle itself.
The conversion of an existing fleet to electric buses places high demands on fleet management: the establishment of charging infrastructure, operational planning and much more. Therefore we offer a holistic eMobility consultation to give comprehensive advice.
MAN Transport Solutions is a specialised consulting team for customised and cost-effective transport solutions. With your specifications in mind, our specialists develop tailored concepts and solutions – from vehicle operation and route optimisation to mapping out the ideal charging concept and power supply.
The reliable and cost-effective utilization of eBuses requires precise planning down to the smallest details. One of the principal factors in this his to optimally adapt the route network to the requirements of e-mobility. With the help of simulations and site-specific analyses, our mobility experts can ideally match the range and charging cycles of the vehicles to the specific route requirements.
Already today existing bus lines can be converted to electric buses, whereas other bus lines might need a route or schedule adaption for the operation with electric buses. The recommendations of our experts consider also the option of charging in resting times during the daily operation.
Charging technologies and power management
Electromobility places high requirements on fleet management and the power supply infrastructure. One of the key roles in this is played by the development of a customised charging system. An optimal designed charging layout with an intelligent charging strategy avoids expensive peak loads.
Transport companies can thus benefit from lower electricity tariffs and reduce the costs of setting up the necessary power infrastructure. Our simulations of the operation and charging processes of eBuses offer you an insight into demand-based charging technologies and the equipment required at vehicle depots. Our MAN consulting team then use this data to develop individual solutions for charging strategies and energy management.
Service processes and consulting services
MAN Transport Solutions offer advice to transport providers and fleet operators regarding which service contracts will guarantee optimum safety and reliability for each specific use case. If maintenance and repair work is supposed to be carried out by in-house workshop personnel, the respective employees must be qualified in handling high-voltage technology. MAN specialists offer the required training, develop service processes and advise you on how to equip your depot and workshop infrastructure accordingly:
MAN eBuses are setting the course towards the future for local public transport
MAN offers transport companies and fleet operators practical and efficient mobility solutions – for diesel-powered buses as well as for vehicles using alternative drive systems, such as in the new sector of electric buses.
Among other advantages, you benefit from the long-standing experience with electrified drive trains that we have acquired from our hybrid vehicles. A pre-production fleet of our MAN eBuses will be launched in 2018 at our development partners. A year later, towards the end of 2019, our fully electric, battery-powered city buses will enter series production.
Just as conventional vehicles, electric buses must be able to navigate their daily route reliably during scheduled service. In order to achieve the range required for this, an intelligent charging system is absolutely crucial. The choice of charging technology is here just as important as the optimisation of the routes within the network.
A key requirement for eBuses in scheduled urban transport services is that the vehicles can cover a range of up to 200 kilometres without interruptions under real conditions. Bearing this in mind, the most reliable and cost-effective solution currently available is to charge the vehicle batteries while parked at the depot.
This will require optimisation of route networks and an intelligent charging strategy. One alternative to depot charging is opportunity charging, whereby the range of a vehicle can be extended as much as necessary. However, this method requires higher initial investments into the charging infrastructure and comes at the expense of flexibility in terms of integrating the eBuses into the fleet.
MAN Depot Charging
• The charging process runs while vehicles are parked at the depot
• No investment required for additional charging infrastructure along routes
• Increased flexibility, since vehicles will not have to stop at fixed charging stations along their routes
Universal standards for expansive electromobility coverage
In the joint project eBusCS, our specialists work together with developers and manufacturers as well as other expert teams in order to establish universal standards for interfaces and charging technologies. At MAN, we believe that standards are a key requirement for an expansive electromobility network.
Universal standards which are recognised across manufacturers and international frontiers are a necessity for the success of electromobility in urban public transport. Common standards for charging and energy-storage technology can offer the operators of city bus fleets – and mixed fleets in particular – the flexibility, interoperability and planning security they need.
MAN specialists partake in a large variety of committees engaged in the development and establishment of a common technology basis for eMobility solutions.
The joint project eBusCS
In the “eBusCS” project promoted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), vehicle manufacturers, system providers and scientific partners develop common solutions for charging electric buses. This is based on the combined charging system (CCS), which has already been successfully introduced in the passenger car sector. Through domain-specific development of interfaces and protocols, project partners make an important contribution towards the establishment of international standards. MAN is also highly engaged in this exchange between manufacturers.
Among others, we are involved in the committees of the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry), the VDV (Association of German Transport Companies) and the UITP (International Association of Public Transport). Moreover, we support the activities of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CEN/CELEC).
From development to practical application
MAN has been working together closely with transport companies and fleet operators on the development of alternative drives for scheduled service buses for years. In this context, MAN has formed a number of innovation partnerships with local authorities and operators. This makes it possible for MAN eBuses to be launched for practical operation in a close to series production version in 2018.
From 2020 onwards, our well established vehicle ranges from the Lion’s City family will be joined by financially viable and technically advanced solutions with fully battery-powered electric drive systems.
Right from the sales launch, we will be supporting transport companies and fleet operators in switching to electromobility with an eBus portfolio that includes both 12 m solo and 18 m articulated low-floor buses.
2016: Unveiling of the MAN eBus technology show-piece at the IAA trade fair 2018: Presentation of the new generation of Lion’s City buses - the platform of the MAN eBus 2018: Practical test at our development partners in day-to-day operation 2019: Preparation and start of series production 2020: Market launch
(As of 01/01/2018)
In just a few years’ time, electric buses will be an integral part of inner-city traffic. This is owed to the fact that the electric drive technology and energy recovery systems of MAN eBuses can best develop their full efficiency potential in urban traffic.
We estimate that by 2030, more than half of all MAN city buses will be powered by emission-free drive systems.
Press releases on eMobility and sustainability at MAN
The future is ahead: What it takes to switch a fleet to electric vehicles
The switch to electromobility poses significant challenges to transport companies. The consulting services from MAN Transport Solutions are there to provide information and support.
At the Busworld in Kortrijk, MAN unveiled a pre-production model of its battery-powered bus and presented a comprehensive range of consultation options on alternative drive systems, financing and services.
As of the year 2020, the city of Hamburg will be exclusively acquiring emission-free buses. The municipal transport services Hamburger Hochbahn and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) will jointly work with MAN to implement the ambitious plan. Felix Kybart, Head of Alternative Drives at MAN Truck & Bus, talks about the cooperative efforts to achieve a clean urban environment.