On 4 March Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, handed over the symbolic key for twelve Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT buses (Natural Gas Technology) to Dr Walter Casazza, manager of the public utility Augsburger Stadtwerke, in the presence of the mayor Dr Kurt Gribl. At the ceremonial vehicle delivery at the
Augsburg town hall square Hartmut Schick emphasised the importance of the new, environmentally-friendly natural gas-powered fleet from Mercedes-Benz for Daimler Buses:" The fact that Augsburger Stadtwerke have chosen the Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT to update their fleet validates our efforts to continue developing alternatives to the classic diesel drive and to offer these in practical form. The generation of natural gas engines in use here is currently the most compact in its class. What's more, these engines run very quietly – something that is particularly advantageous within the city – and they are fully suited for renewable natural gas."
For more than one year now, Augsburg's bus fleet has already been using renewable natural gas 100 percent of the time and is the first city Germany-wide with an almost CO2-neutral regular service. As the most important local public transportation company in the region, the Augsburger Stadtwerke currently run a bus fleet of 89 vehicles, all of which are powered by natural gas. The twelve Citaro NGT are a follow on delivery to the first Citaro NGT with new engine technology that was delivered in December 2015.