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Mercedes-Benz delivers the first eCitaro to Hamburger Hochbahn AG

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.

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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.

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