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Mercedes’ Battery Bus: the Citaro E-Cell

November 11, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.”

Daimler says that its Mercedes-Benz unit will commence series production of a 100% battery-electric version of its Citaro bus toward the end of 2018.

“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.

‘The Citaro with all-electric drive is currently being put through the same comprehensive cycle of trials and testing to which every other bus built by Mercedes-Benz is subjected,’ Daimler said Friday. ‘Prototypes have, for example, already successfully undergone initial winter testing in icy temperatures at the Arctic circle as well as summer testing in the heat of Spain’s Sierra Nevada. Endurance testing and detailed refinements will now follow, ensuring that Mercedes-Benz will be able to offer maximum availability on a par with that of a conventionally powered urban bus: the plan is that Mercedes-Benz will start production of a fully viable series-production urban bus in the autumn of next year. The bus is so well-proven that the brand is already tendering for contracts.’

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Source: Daimler-Mercedes with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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