Mercedes-Benz eCitaro tests in European transport companies

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro proves itself in daily use in Germany. After the first deliveries of the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro to the German cities of Hamburg and Heidelberg, first orders are now also coming from neighboring European countries. Specifically from Luxembourg, France and Poland.

Electric buses are still not in demand by the public transport companies. This may be related to the fact that the conversion of a conventional bus fleet to the electric drive and the necessary infrastructure are much more complex than planned.

The advantages of electric buses: They emit no pollutants locally, and virtually no noise. These are aspects that are currently very important in the development of clean air planning in many cities and regions. On the other hand, the conversion of public transport to electric buses and the associated infrastructure costs a lot of time and money.

The technology of an electric bus alone is very expensive, and the infrastructure, for example the charging facilities, workshop equipment, personnel training, etc., must be considered and designed on the basis of local conditions and requirements. For this reason, Daimler Buses - one of the most experienced and strongest partners of the bus operators - supports the public transport companies with its eMobility Consulting and Omniplus in the conversion with individual advice, service and training. 

One of the most important requirements for the market entry of the electric buses at Daimler Buses was to be able to offer a vehicle that completely satisfies the public transport sector, just as the tens of thousands of proven Citaro engines do so far. 

The Mercedes-Benz Citaro is not produced in a prototype workshop, but on the same production line as all other city buses in the Mannheim plant. The eCitaro for testing in European cities has ten battery packs and a total capacity of 243 kWh, as well as electric motors near the wheel hubs.  The fact that the energy consumption of an electric bus for heating and cooling can be up to 50 percent is a challenge. Safety, efficiency and environmental protection go hand in hand on the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro.

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