Electric bus tested by Budapest - Objective: to make the vehicle fleet in the Hungarian capital greener

It is of paramount importance for BKK Centre for Budapest Transport to turn to green technologies in order to contribute to the sustainable development of Budapest along with its transport on the one hand, and to make Budapest more liveable on the other hand. In line with the Budapest Mobility Plan determining the future of Budapest’s transport, a fully-electric urban bus equipped with state-of-the-art technology was tested by BKK on 15 (Tuesday) and 16 (Wednesday) September 2020. The “MAN Lion’s City 12E” electric bus marked with e105 was in operation in the morning and afternoon rush hours on both days on the route of bus line 105.

24. 09. 2020

The electric urban bus was running as an extra, additional service to the regular, scheduled service on line 105. Information on the actual location en route of the test bus could be found in BKK’s trip planner FUTÁR both on the Internet and in the FUTÁR mobile application.

These days the manufacturer company, MAN Truck & Bus organised a demo presentation in Hungary, in the framework of which they exhibited the new generation, fully-electric, low-floor MAN 12E urban bus on the ZalaZone test track in Zalaegerszeg. The Budapest-based test was carried out thanks to the cooperation between the manufacturer and BKK: this time Budapest’s public transport users could have the chance to get to know and test this brand new and innovative vehicle.

One of the objectives of the Budapest Mobility Plan (BMT) approved by the City of Budapest in 2019 is to stimulate the spread of environmentally friendly vehicle technologies. The European Green Deal presented by the European Commission envisions a carbon-free European Union until 2050. In line with the strategic objectives, BMT gives preference to the procurement of zero emission vehicles in the bus sector: both trolleybuses and electric buses, thus the vehicle test in Budapest was carried out in line with the Budapest Mobility Plan as well as the EU’s objectives.

MAN Lion’s City 12E, the electric urban bus

Length: 12.2 metre
Propulsion: central electric motor with continuous power: 160 kW and maximum power: 270 kW, maximum torque: 2,100 Nm.
Driving range: 200-270 km
Accumulator: Capacity: 480 kWh, thanks to the six lithium-ion battery modules. Charging performance: maximum 150 kW, required charging time: circa 3 hours.
Optional safety equipment: adaptive tempomat, lane assist, blind spot information system.

Further information on the bus is to be found at: www.bus.man.eu/hu/hu/varosi-buszok/lion_s-city-e/attekintes/attekintes.html

Photo: BKK Centre for Budapest Transport