Elec­tric Benz bus qui­etly wafts in like a breath of fresh air

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Re­porter

Af­ter its world pre­miere at the IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles trade fair in Septem­ber, the Mercedes-Benz eCi­taro is bring­ing a breath of fresh air to Ham­burg, Ger­many.

The com­pany has de­liv­ered the fully elec­tric bus to the pub­lic trans­port com­pany Hochbahn AG in Ham­burg as part of an or­der for 20 eCi­taro buses.

Till Ober­wörder, head of Daim­ler Buses, handed over the first eCi­taro to Ham­burger Hochbahn board chair­man Hen­rik Falk. “The Mercedes-Benz eCi­taro is ad­vanc­ing elec­tro­mo­bil­ity. In pro­duc­ing the new eCi­taro, we have de­vel­oped a well thought out and so­phis­ti­cated ur­ban bus con­cept which will make a de­ci­sive con­tri­bu­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing elec­tro­mo­bil­ity in towns and cities,” he said.

Start­ing in 2020, Ham­burger Hochbahn in­tends to only buy emis­sion-free buses. It op­er­ates about 1,000 buses on 111 lines.

The Mercedes-Benz eCi­taro is the first fully-elec­tric ur­ban bus that has been de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured in Ger­many. Quiet and emis­sion free on the road, it is an im­por­tant build­ing block on the way to re­duc­ing emis­sions, par­tic­u­larly in cities and other built-up ar­eas.

Its in­no­va­tive range-ex­tend­ing tech­nol­ogy in­cludes an en­ergy-sav­ing heat pump that warms the in­te­rior.

The mo­du­lar bat­tery pack­ages have a ca­pac­ity of up to 243kWh. They are cooled to an ideal tem­per­a­ture in the eCi­taro, which re­sults in max­i­mum charg­ing, the high­est us­able ca­pac­ity and a long life cy­cle. The bat­ter­ies drive two elec­tric mo­tors at the wheel hub.

The three-door ver­sion for Ham­burger Hochbahn has a range of equip­ment with LED head­lamps, LED ex­te­rior and in­te­rior light­ing in­clud­ing am­bi­ent light­ing in the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment, a warn­ing sys­tem for clos­ing doors with a red LED light strip, a sep­a­rate au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol for the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment and cock­pit, and sta­bil­ity con­trol.

The new eCi­taro is based on the best­selling Mercedes-Benz Ci­taro, of which more than 50,000 have been sold.

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