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MAN Truck & Bus selects ABB fast chargers for its e-bus R&D facilities

ABB is supplying fast chargers for depot and opportunity charging of electric buses to MAN Truck & Bus, a member of the Volkswagen Group, for its new e-bus R&D facilities in Munich, Germany. In July, MAN Truck & Bus announced serial production of fully electric buses by 2019. Pilots of the e-buses are planned to go into operation in 2018. The buses are being developed at MAN’s R&D facilities in Munich, using a test bench equipped with different charging technologies from ABB.

For depot charging tests—used at the terminus where a bus has a longer stop—MAN will use an ABB fast charger with a CCS2 connector at its facility. Following the EU standardization for electric vehicle charging, it is the same connector that is used for electric cars.

For opportunity charging tests, ABB will supply a charge pole with inverted pantograph. With its automated rooftop connection and a typical charge time of three to six minutes, opportunity fast charging systems allow charging at end stops and can easily be integrated in existing bus routes. ABB is delivering a charge pole in a MAN design that will be demonstrated at the IAA fair in Hanover, from 22 to 28 September.


The fast-charging solutions are based on IEC 61851-23, the international standard for fast charging electric vehicles. This ensures the appropriate safety systems are in place, the electrical design is in accordance with regulations, and the systems architecture and working principles are supported by a wider automotive community in the future.

Both, ABB and MAN Truck & Bus AG are project partners in the European e-bus charging system (eBusCS) initiative which promotes international standardization of charging processes for electric buses to facilitate the introduction of electric bus systems in European cities.

MAN electrification. MAN is introducing a number of eMobility innovations at IAA 2016. As well as presenting the fully electric MAN Lion’s City articulated bus as a concept vehicle and introducing different charging infrastructure concepts as noted above, MAN Truck & Bus will also be showcasing a TGS semitrailer tractor with electric drive for use in applications relating to inner-city night-time supply.

Optimized for use with a city semitrailer, the concept vehicle offers a high load volume with a low tare weight, and is free from emissions (CO2, NOx, noise).

MAN Truck & Bus has years of experience with electrified drivetrains and electrified components in the MAN Lion’s City Hybrid, and is well-positioned to offer a practical and efficient solution in the electric bus segment. MAN will use a modular approach, through which charging technology can be selected and combined as needed, with the number of storage modules depending on required range and transport capacity.

In 2018, MAN will be sending a pre-series bus version of a battery electric vehicle (BEV) for field testing as part of its eMobility roadmap.


Henry Gibson

Perhaps an APP would drop charging cords for automobiles. These towers should be filled with ZEBRA batteries so that the grid is not overloaded. ..HG..

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