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AUS­TRALIAN BUS OP­ER­A­TORS are keenly watch­ing de­vel­op­ments in Ger­many with the new fully elec­tric drive, ‘zero- emis­sions’ Citaro city bus to make its world de­but in Septem­ber at the 2018 IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles show.

With the start of se­ries pro­duc­tion also tak­ing place this year, lo­cal Daim­ler in­sid­ers were just shy of con­firm­ing to ABC magazine that the all- elec­tric Citaro would land in Aus­tralia - pend­ing any ADR, width and emis­sions com­pli­ance is­sues as has greeted pre­vi­ous diesel Ci­taros here.

The 12-me­tre vari­ant is said to of­fer, “an im­pres­sive and hith­erto un­known stan­dard of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. The in­tel­li­gent mod­u­lar con­cept for its bat­tery and charg­ing tech­nol­ogy is sim­i­larly com­pelling.” In the hands of op­er­a­tors and on the roads here and in Aus­tralasian con­di­tions, all will be re­vealed.

On pa­per, though, it’s an ex­cit­ing piece of elec­tric kit and with the 50,000th ex­am­ple of the Citaro brand name be­ing sold around the world re­cently, there should be am­ple mar­ket in­ter­est glob­ally as to what this new all- elec­tric Citaro will de­liver.

This new ad­di­tion fol­lows a strong lin­eage of Citaro in­no­va­tion and us­abil­ity, join­ing the more re­cent Citaro hy­brid and the gas-pow­ered Citaro NGT .

An elec­tric por­tal axle with elec­tric mo­tors at the wheel hubs forms the ba­sis of the drive sys­tem, with claimed peak out­put of the mo­tors rated at 2 x 125kW and 2 x 485Nm.

Lithium-ion bat­ter­ies dis­charge a to­tal ca­pac­ity of up to about 243kWh, split be­tween up to a max­i­mum of 10 mod­ules. As well as two bat­tery mod­ules on the roof, there are four mod­ules in the rear of the bus as stan­dard. Be­spoke cus­tomer re­quire­ments could see a fur­ther two or four bat­tery mod­ules mounted on the roof, ac­cord­ing to Daim­ler.

Above: As well as two bat­tery mod­ules on the roof, there are four mod­ules in the rear of the bus as stan­dard

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