The eCitaros have a guaranteed range of 150 km
The Berlin transport company BVG is now driving emissions-free at a local level with a fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. The first of the 15 urban buses have officially been handed over.
Head of Daimler Buses Till Oberwörder handed over the key of the first eCitaro to chairwoman of the board of management and member of the board for operations at BVG Dr Sigrid Nikutta.
Oberwörder said: “We are delighted that our eCitaro is now energising Berlin. With the locally emission-free eCitaro, the BVG has opened up a new chapter in the story of environmentally-friendly mobility. Of particular importance to me, is the fact that we are also supporting our customer with tailored consultations and customised service packages as they gradually change over to electromobility.”
Dr Nikutta said: “We are improving the quality of life in Berlin. At present we have about a billion passengers annually and two-thirds of them are already transported electrically in the metro, on overground trams and on our solar-powered ferries. These first few series-production buses mark the start of changing our bus fleet to environmentally-friendly, electrically-driven vehicles.”
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is ideally suited to Berlin because it is locally emissions-free and almost silent. The fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro brings electromobility for city buses to a whole new level, because it impresses with optimum energy efficiency.
The basis for this is a unique thermal management with a heat pump for heating the passenger compartment, as well as temperature control for the battery and connected components. Many of these have been made available for the first time in line with the advent of the eCitaro.
Its exclusive design is derived from that of the popular Mercedes-Benz Citaro and makes for a very distinct appearance – the eCitaro is a very special type of Citaro.
The eCitaro is fitted with 10 battery modules providing a total capacity of 243 kWh which guarantee a range of around 150 km even in difficult conditions. Under ideal conditions, the eCitaro can even cover around 250 km without being recharged. The batteries of the 15 eCitaro buses destined for BVG are charged at the depot using plugs.