Daimler Buses puts its electric bus eCitaro in the spotlight at Busworld 2019. Eight buses and coaches will be showcased by Mercedes and Setra from 18th to 23rd October in Brussels. The Busworld will also be the occasion for the world premiere of the new Sprinter Travel 75.
Daimler at Busworld 2019, eCitaro in the spotlight
The Mercedes eCitaro range, which went into production at the end of 2018, is mass-produced at the Mannheim plant and already available to order. To date, the Mercedes eCitaro is in operation in cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo (Norway) and Ystad (Sweden); others have been delivered in Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
Further deliveries in three-digit quantities will take place in Europe, not only this year, but gradually in the following years.
The evolution of Mercedes electric bus
The vehicle, as specified from the manufacturer, is in constant development. Depending on the type of use, eCitaro can already be ordered with up to twelve battery packs for 292 kWh. The result is a range of around 170 kilometres under typical city bus operating conditions, the manufacturer explains. From 2020, eCitaro will also be available in an articulated version (eCitaro G) that can accommodate around 145 people.
According to the roadmap, from 2021 onwards eCitaro will be equipped with the next generation of NMC batteries. Also solid state batteries will become available. Finally, from 2022, eCitaro will be offered with greater autonomy thanks to a fuel cell range extender, that will be tested during 2021 by Hamburger Hochbahn.
Daimler al Busworld with eight vehicles
But Daimler Buses’ participation at Busworld will not only be focused on electric drives. From 18 to 23 October, in fact, the manufacturer will present a total of eight buses between Mercedes and Setra brands. Visitors will also be able to learn more about the Omniplus On service and Daimler Buses eMobility Consulting.
In addition to the electric eCitaro, Mercedes will bring to Busworld the Intouro, which is characterized by its versatility, and the coach Tourismo 15 RHD. The new Sprinter Travel 75 will be presented as a world premiere. With its capacity of 21+1 seats obtained thanks to a new axle with high load capacity, it sets a new standard in the field of touring minibuses.
Setra will show the MultiClass S 415 LE business, the double decker Setra TopClass S 531 DT, the high-floor coaches Setra ComfortClass S 515 HD and Setra TopClass S 516 HDH.
eCitaro, already a thousand buses ordered, says Daimler
“With our brands Mercedes-Benz, Setra and Omniplus, we will be presenting sustainable and innovative solutions for the bus industry of the future at the trade fair – commented Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses -. Our presentation there will show that we offer our customers buses and mobility solutions suitable for every purpose. In the e-mobility sector in particular, city authorities and transport businesses expect tailor-made solutions for local public transport. With our overall system consisting of product and comprehensive support, we are very well positioned here. Orders for the eCitaro running into three-digit figures underscore the fact that we are on the right road with this. The portfolio of our product brands is complemented by intelligent and networked service offerings, such as Omniplus On, or an electric mobility consulting service tailored to our customers’ needs.”