The regional public transport operator Ferry Cars from Belgium has put five new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro low-floor city buses with all-electric drive into operation.

The operator, based in the city of Eeklo, which is located in the north of the Belgian province of East Flanders in the Meetjesland region between Ghent and Bruges and thus close to the border with the Netherlands, uses the electric buses in the regional public transport of Belgium’s largest local public transport companies De Lijn and TEC (Transport en Commun).

Mercedes eCitaro for regional services in Belgium

Ferry Cars is the first Belgian public transport operator to test the function of electric regional public transport deployment in practice., Daimler Truck underlines.

“Our fruitful collaboration with Daimler Buses started more than 20 years ago; this has given us the confidence to be the first Belgian company to order the eCitaro,” explains Pieter Lanssens, CEO of Ferry Cars.

By 2030, the Flemish government aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 35 percent. Mobility must make a significant contribution to this. For Ferry Cars, the purchase of the five all-electric eCitaro buses is a pilot project to test how electric regional public transport can be optimally implemented in practice. The public transport company expects that this proactive approach will enable it to fully meet the government’s environmental objectives for public transport even before mandatory obligations and regulations will be introduced in 2025.

The eCitaro buses from Ferry Cars feature the latest NMC3 battery generation with improved cell chemistry. The modular design of the high-performance battery equipment combined with the enormous performance of the batteries enable a long range.

The five new electric buses are equipped with the Sideguard Assist and Preventive Brake Assist assistance systems and dispose of a reversing camera.


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