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THE FIRST TWO of a mas­sive 950 Citaro bus or­der have been de­liv­ered in Ber­lin, Ger­many, with the cus­tomer also or­der­ing an­other 15 new eCi­taro elec­tric buses, it’s re­ported.

In what is Daim­ler’s largest or­der ever to Ger­many’s big­gest bus fleet, the mod­els se­lected are the Citaro solo (city) bus and a Citaro G ar­tic­u­lated bus.

Rüdi­ger Kap­pel, head of sales for fleets and au­thor­i­ties at Mercedes-Benz Buses Ger­many, handed over the first city buses from the large or­der to Dr Si­grid Nikutta, chair of the Board of Man­age­ment and mem­ber of the board for Op­er­a­tions at the Ber­lin Trans­port Author­ity (BVG), and Torsten Mareck, BVG Divi­sional Man­ager.

“We are pleased about the big­gest sin­gle or­der ever for our best-sell­ing bus. I am cer­tain: the Citaro will de­light its pas­sen­gers,” said Kap­pel.

Ac­cord­ing to Daim­ler: “They will ben­e­fit from select equip­ment with air con­di­tion­ing, nu­mer­ous USB sock­ets for their de­vices and mon­i­tors for in­for­ma­tion.

“Pas­sen­gers with re­duced mo­bil­ity will no­tice gen­er­ous ar­eas for wheel­chairs and pushchairs, tac­tile handrails with ribbed han­dle pro­files on the doors, or the con­trast­ing in­te­rior de­sign.

“Bus driv­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­te­rior cam­era for ob­serv­ing cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans when turn­ing off, and the separate air con­di­tion­ing of their work­place.

“In­te­rior sur­veil­lance cam­eras and a door-clos­ing warning sys­tem with red LED light strip and video sur­veil­lance pro­vide se­cu­rity.”

Over the next few years BVG will be able to call on up to 600 ar­tic­u­lated buses and 350 solo buses, “step by step”, says Daim­ler. They are pow­ered by low-emis­sion Euro 6 en­gines.

Daim­ler’s largest or­der ever to Ger­many’s big­gest bus fleet – the first two of 950 Ci­taros.

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