The first major order for our fully electrically powered, emission-free Citaro has been received even before the official premiere, demonstrating the confidence transport operators have in our concept for electromobility in urban public transport. With the Citaro, we are bringing a major component on the way to locally emission-free bus traffic to market.—Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses
The new, fully electrically powered Citaro will enter series production before the end of this year. The drive system of the new all-electric Citaro is based on the ZF AVE 130 electric portal axle with electric motors at the wheel hubs, as previously deployed in other variants of the Citaro. Peak motor output is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 N·m.
The modular battery packs offer a total capacity of up to 243 kWh. The batteries are cooled to the ideal temperature for maximum charge, maximum usable capacity and a long service life. The batteries are charged at a connector in the bus depot. After the series start-up of the Citaro, further variants for intermediate charging en route will become available.
The new, fully electrically powered city bus is based on the globally best-selling Mercedes-Benz Citaro. This has now notched up sales of more than 50,000 units over two generations, is in operation in almost all major western and central European cities.
Hamburger Hochbahn AG services 111 routes and 1,327 bus-stops with around 1000 buses. These carry around 212 million passengers each year.
In 1997 the Hamburg-based operator was one of the premiere customers for the first generation of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro low-floor city bus. To date Mercedes-Benz has delivered more than 1,000 Citaro buses to Hamburg.