At the National Transport Awards in Madrid in January, the MAN Lion's City 10 E received the "Bus of the Year in Spain 2023" award. The all-electric midibus was selected as the award winner by a jury of professionals and industry experts from Spain - including numerous managers from public transport and bus companies.
The National Transport Awards are organised by the trade magazines "Transporte 3" and "Viajeros". Last year, two buses from MAN were in the running: The NEOPLAN Cityliner Platinum special model and the new MAN Lion's Intercity LE were voted "Coach of the Year in Spain 2022" and "Bus of the Year in Spain 2022". And in 2020 the Lion's City 12 E received the title of "Bus of the Year in Spain". "We are very pleased that we are now continuing the success story with our fully electrically powered MAN Lion's City 10 E. We owe this success to our customers and our team, which gives its best day after day," said Stéphane de Creisquer at the award ceremony. The midibus has a length of 10.5 metres but has a similar passenger capacity to many 12-metre solo buses. To create the Lion's City 10 E, the designers drew on the construction kit of its big brother. Width, height and overhangs are similar to the Lion's City 12 E as is the concept of the engine tower-free rear, which provides four more
seats (maximum 33 seats and 80 passengers). The "shortening" of the body took place exclusively between the axles, where a window module was removed, resulting in an overall length of 10.5 metres and saving around 350 kilograms in weight. As a result of the measures, the wheelbase has shrunk significantly from around six metres to 4.40 metres and the turning circle has dropped to a record-breaking 17.2 metres. The batteries are lithium-ion batteries (NMC) high energy density. Either four or even five packs are installed on the roof. When fully equipped, the performance data are 400 kilowatt hours and up to 300 km range or 320 kilowatt hours and 235 km range. The 10-metre eBus is charged in the depot via CCS plug and with up to 150 kW. A full charge with four battery packs thus takes less than two and a half hours, with five packs the bus needs about three hours.