Production Is Planned ‘Towards the End of Next Year,’
Manufacturer Says It’s ‘Already Tendering for Contracts’
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit has joined in the drive for fully electric transit, announcing Friday its plans for the Citaro E-Cell, with series production commencing “towards the end of next year.”
“Emission-free through the city: the countdown to the Mercedes-Benz Citaro with all-electric drive has begun,” the manufacturer says. Features include a modular battery pack design allowing “range to be tailored,” a thermal management system that “reduces energy consumption dramatically,” and electric wheel hub motors at the rear axle, as demonstrated in the Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid.
“Our city bus produces zero local emissions and is ultra-quiet through town,” Daimler Buses head Hartmut Schick said in the company’s Citaro E-Cell release.
‘A New Milestone’
“The engineers are currently undertaking thorough testing of prototypes of the new bus under the toughest of conditions,” he said. “The Citaro with battery-electric drive will set a new milestone.”
“The bus is so well-proven that the brand is already tendering for contracts,” the company says.
Daimler-Mercedes is not alone. Among other OEMs in recent weeks,
- Daimler’s own Thomas Built Bus announced its first 100% electric school bus, nicknamed “Jouley” (F&F, November 5);
- Diesel and natural gas engine giant Cummins, which unveiled a fully electric urban delivery truck in August, threw in its lot with Gillig for all-battery transit buses (F&F, October 30);
- Global battery bus leader BYD, which nearly doubled the size of its California factory earlier this year, unveiled the first 45-foot all-electric commuter coach (F&F, October 31);
- New Flyer chalked up the sale of up to 100 sixty-foot all-electric buses to LA Metro (F&F, October 31); and
- Busy battery bus upstart Proterra earlier this week reported deployment of the first all-battery bus fleet in Louisiana and orders for the first airport all-battery bus fleet in the San Francisco Bay Area, with the latter vehicles to be built at its new facility outside Los Angeles (F&F, November 10).
Mercedes says it will unveil the Citaro E-Cell all-battery bus at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles show , which runs September 20-27, 2018 in Hanover, Germany.
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