The new routes will connect recently developed districts to Mannheim
German transport firm Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (rnv) has taken on an additional three eCitaro electric buses and will create two electric bus routes in Mannheim, extending the local transport network.
The three new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses will be run by the transport firm and will be implemented for the creation of the emission-free bus routes, connecting Mannheim with the new town districts Franklin and Taylor trading estate.
Route 66 will add to the attraction of the location of Taylor, the newly developed trading estate, where almost 700 people work, a figure which is expected to double, as this is the base of the Daimler Competence Centre for Emission-free Mobility (CEM), which has a manufacturing plant in the middle of the industrial estate, but which is also directly involved in the production of the eCitaro.
The second route, 67, will connect the main town to Franklin, the new housing district with over 600 inhabitants, and will serve as a school bus as well, as the bus on this route will stop at schools.
The start of the electric bus routes was celebrated on April 26, when the bus routes first introduced the new districts into the transport system, at the Käfertal station, announced by the mayor of Mannheim, Peter Kurz and Christian Volz, commercial managing director of rnv.
In their speeches, both highlighted the necessity and advantages of emission-free local public transport as well as the challenges that both government and industry will have to overcome in future.
Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH was one of the first transport companies in Germany to incorporate the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro in its daily bus route operations when its first electric bus route in Heidelberg was created in January 2019.
As the municipal transport company for the cities of Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and Mannheim rnv connects the three German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse with its local public transport operations.