Mercedes‑Benz delivered the first series production model of the eCitaro (earlier post)—an urban bus with a fully-electric drive system—to the public transport company Hochbahn AG in Hamburg. It is part of an order for 20 eCitaro buses.
The order for 20 eCitaro buses is the biggest ever single order for buses driven by a fully-electric drive system from a German transport provider. Prior to this the Hamburger Hochbahn AG looked at several different concepts for urban buses with electric drive systems over a number of years. Starting in 2020 Hamburger Hochbahn AG intends to purchase nothing but emission-free buses. It operates around 1000 buses on 111 lines.
The Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro is the first fully-electric urban bus that has been developed and manufactured in Germany. The modular battery packages have a total capacity of up to 243 kWh. They are cooled to an ideal temperature in the eCitaro which results in maximum charging, the highest usable capacity and a long life cycle. The batteries are recharged using a plug at the depot. They drive two electric motors at the wheel hub.