Daimler Truck joins forces with IVU: public transport operators can now acquire the electric bus Mercedes eCitaro and software from a single source, on request. A current example of this is BSAG Bremen, where the delivery package includes the charging infrastructure and a charging management system. The e-bus together with software solutions from IVU becomes an eSystem.

As part of the overall eMobility system, an integrated solution consisting of hardware and software will support transport companies in the rapid conversion to electromobility.

Daimler Truck – IVU: charging management of city bus fleets

For the charging of entire vehicle fleets, the current state of charge of each individual bus, the necessary amount of electricity at the right time for the next trip and the load limits of the power supply have to be precisely taken into consideration. Only if charging management, operational management and depot management work together smoothly can maximum efficiency of ten, hundred, a thousand or more city buses be ensured, as well as their integration into precisely synchronized timetables, Daimler Truck stresses. 

How IVU.suite for Mercedes eCitaro works

The IVU.suite software assigns each bus a defined charging point when it enters the depot. Smart charging management knows the current state of charge and makes sure that all buses are charged with the required amount of electricity for their next trip, including preconditioning of the battery and passenger compartment. 

The software knows the current state of charge as well as the target state of charge and time of charge, the age and condition of the batteries, the available total power, ready-to-use charging stations as well as energy costs. Even the weather and the number of passengers are included in the calculation of the required amount of electricity, as are any opportunity charges along the route. 

The eCitaro is communicative and connects to the charging infrastructure via the ISO 15118 protocol. Companies will be able to gain insight into the operating data of their fleet via the Omniplus On Portal by the Omniplus service brand from Daimler Buses. 

Daimler Buses – IVU: a tailor-made solution from a single source

Mirko Sgodda, Head of Sales, Marketing and Services at Daimler Buses: “With the hardware of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and the software from IVU, Daimler Buses is providing transport operators with a tailor-made, field-tested system solution from a single source.

Matthias Rust, CTO of IVU Traffic Technologies: “Our intelligent charging management ensures maximum performance and availability of the bus fleet at minimum cost – because IVU.suite consolidates all relevant data.”


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