Métropole Rouen Normandie has ordered ten Mercedes Benz eCitaro buses. The region in north-west France consists of the city of Rouen and 70 predominantly small municipalities. Following the latest order of ten eCitaro buses, the first fully electric city buses will be added to the region’s fleet.
Métropole Rouen Normandie's Astuce public transport network has a fleet of more than 200 buses, some of which are used for a range of services: the region has around half a million inhabitants and doesn’t just have traditional bus routes, but also runs schoolbuses, rapid bus lines, a BRT system, a night bus line, not to mention a Metro connection and five lines for on-demand transport. All in all, the network covers more than 18 million kilometers annually.
Mercedes-Benz will deliver the vehicles in summer of this year. The order from France comprises eight solo buses with the latest generation of NMC batteries which have an energy capacity of 396 kWh each, as well as two further solo buses equipped with innovative solid-state batteries with a capacity of 441 kWh. The buses will be charged in the Rouen depot. They all feature a charging socket at the front right of the bus as well as another at the rear of the vehicle.
Among the comprehensive range of equipment on-board the eCitaro are Active Brake Assist and the Sideguard Assist turning aid.