BVG has ordered 15 electric buses from Mercedes-Benz
Germany’s largest bus operator and transport authority, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), has ordered 15 fully electric-powered Mercedes-Benz Citaros to ‘enter the electric era’, just months before the product makes its official international debut.
Head of Daimler Buses Till Oberwörder said: “We are very pleased that the largest German bus operator is also opting for Mercedes‑Benz where fully electrically powered buses are concerned. And this even before the official premiere of the new bus.”
The 15 buses will be delivered from the first quarter on of 2019 onwards. The order from Berlin is already the third order for the new city bus, which will celebrate its world premiere at the International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) Preview Daimler Buses in July.
High-tech components reduce energy consumption and maximise range
The Citaro for Berlin has 10 battery modules. They will be charged at sockets in the bus depot. They are powered by an electric axle with electric motors near the wheel hubs. A highly advanced thermal management system with high-tech components such as a heat pump lowers energy consumption.
The passenger compartment of the fully electrically powered Citaro is the same as that of its conventionally powered equivalent. The BVG versions of the Mercedes-Benz electric buses are impressively equipped. For passengers with restricted mobility seated against the direction of travel, there are suitably positioned monitors to provide information. The visually impaired particularly benefit from tactile grab rails with a ribbed surface.