MAN 3-door Electric Bus for Singapore

MAN Lion’s City E
MAN Lion’s City E layout
Manufacturer MAN (chassis)
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks
Years in operation Arriving ~2023
Operators TBA
Technical Data
Length 12 metre
Motor Electric motor
Battery TBC
Accessibility Low Floor
Emission Standard Zero tailpipe emissions

MAN, ST Engineering Mobility Services and Gemilang Coachworks will deliver an electric low-floor, three-door city bus for the Singapore market by 2023, likely of the MAN Lion’s City E model. This bus is built on the MAN Lion’s Chassis E LF chassis and assembled in Malaysia by Gemilang Coachworks. The name of the final vehicle is to be confirmed.

This is MAN’s first foray into Singapore’s electric bus scene and comes at a time when the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is preparing to rapidly electrify the public bus fleet. Half of all public buses will be electric by 2030, which is about 3,000 buses. As for ST Engineering, it previously delivered 20 Linkker LM312 electric buses to Singapore in partnership with Gemilang Coachworks, and also delivered a diesel-to-electric bus conversion project in 2021.

Chassis Background

First announced in June 2022, the MAN Lion’s Chassis E is the first fully-electric bus chassis offered by MAN Truck & Bus, incorporating proven technologies from the MAN Lion’s City E integral bus which had been in series production since late 2020. In October 2022, the chassis was unveiled for the first time at the Australasia Bus & Coach Expo held in Sydney.

MAN will initially offer the all-electric chassis as a two-axle vehicle for low-floor (Lion’s Chassis E LF), low-entry (Lion’s Chassis E LE) and high-floor (Lion’s Chassis E HF) applications, all of which are available in left- and right-hand drive. This flexibility caters to a wide range of overseas markets outside of Europe. The chassis will be produced at MAN’s plant in Starachowice, Poland.

Furthermore, two types of traction batteries are offered: lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) familiar to the Lion’s City E, and a new offering of lithium ferrophosphate (LFP). MAN says that this is to meet different requirements of international bus companies in terms of daily range, total kilometre performance and costs. MAN is also building large-scale battery manufacturing facilities in Nuremberg to support its electric bus and truck offerings.

Finally, in its October 2022 press release, MAN says that it is working with its worldwide network of coachbuilders to deliver the first assembled demo vehicles by as early as 2023. In addition, these buses are expected to be evaluated on performance and functionality in their target markets, such as Australia, and likely Singapore as well.

Singapore market

In November 2022, MAN Truck & Bus Malaysia and Gemilang Coachworks showcased a partially completed unit at Gemilang’s plant in Senai, Johor. Both companies expressed optimism in supplying the regional market with these electric buses, with MAN Malaysia adding that it planned to assemble the eBus chassis locally to improve its price competitiveness.

For the Singapore market, the low-floor variant (MAN Lion’s Chassis E LF) will be used and configured with three passenger doors in line with the latest LTA requirements for public buses.


Technical Specifications

MAN Lion’s Chassis E LF
Electric Driveline Electric motor
– Maximum power/torque of 240 kW / 2100 Nm
– Continuous power of 160 kW
– Single-speed adapter gearbox
Energy Storage Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) traction batteries
– Up to 6 battery modules of 80 kWh each (max. 480 kWh)
Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) traction batteries
– Module & capacity options TBC
Bodywork Gemilang Coachworks bodywork
EcoRange aluminium bus body; full-low-floor layout
 


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13 thoughts on “MAN 3-door Electric Bus for Singapore

  • 4 December 2022 at 12:08 AM
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    I hope in future LTA will consider a handful of E bendy buses for airport supplement.Maybe MAN & BYD.

    Feeder can use three-door e double deckers.

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    • 5 December 2022 at 5:12 PM
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      No no no
      All Feeders: Bendy
      Aiport: Bendy
      SD and DD only route: SD and DD

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  • 2 December 2022 at 6:39 PM
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    i hope its a24 not a22 or a95

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    • 10 January 2023 at 6:13 PM
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      Looking at the picture, it should be man a22 ig.

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  • 2 December 2022 at 4:33 PM
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    E bendies should be included in the purchase package as well.

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      • 9 January 2023 at 2:02 AM
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        I thought many people do not want to have 3 door bus on single decks, how come LTA keep planning for more single deck electric buses with 3 doors 😑

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    • 6 December 2022 at 1:12 AM
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      Zhongtong N18 sounds perfect. They’d complement the Yutong E12DD like how the Mercedes O405G did with the Volvo Olympians.

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      • 9 December 2022 at 1:50 AM
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        I wish there is MAN Lion’s City DD Electric buses

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  • 2 December 2022 at 1:34 PM
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    Yet another trial bus?

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    • 4 December 2022 at 5:30 PM
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      Highly likely a trial bus as LTA hasn’t called for tenders for a mass purchase of electric buses.

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  • 1 December 2022 at 10:16 PM
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    After this DD trial…MAN,China,Volvo,ADL,Japan

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