World premiere of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus

10 July 2018

It emits zero local emissions and runs almost silently. It combines the thousand fold proven platform of Mercedes-Benz' best-selling city bus with new technological solutions and an independent design. The all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro takes electric city buses to a new level and impresses with its innovative thermal management system with exceptional energy efficiency and reliability of range. Its performance enables the eCitaro to cover a large part of the requirements of the transport operators right from the start.

The eCitaro gets a tailor-made trendsetting design

It will be easy to spot the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro in the city in future: It is based on the familiar looks of the Citaro, but takes up elements from the design idiom of the revolutionary Mercedes Benz Future Bus concept vehicle, thus transporting the unmistakable design of the Citaro into the future. This is particularly evident in the face of the eCitaro. Overall, the eCitaro sports a solid appearance with clearly drawn contours. Optical tricks lend the eCitaro perfect proportions and make it seem light.

eCitaro: Kick-off for an innovation initiative to electrify the public transport Network

"The new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is the kick-off for an innovation initiative to electrify the public transport network. In so doing, we are offering our customers more than just a battery concept, rather a complete eMobility system. Our in-house eMobility Consulting service advises our customers on their journey to electric mobility", says Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses and Chairman of the Board of Management of EvoBus GmbH.

The electric Citaro forms part of Daimler Buses' integrated eMobility System.

The focus is on the eConsulting expert advice service even before any purchase is made. Experts at EvoBus analyse every route the customer operates and a simulation program then calculates the energy requirements for the future electric buses in the system. This consultation results in precise recommendations and calculations on energy consumption, the infrastructure required and the recommended connection power for the depots' power supply as well as recommendations for charging management. A special eMobility service from the OMNIplus service brand will be available in future for service, maintenance and repair.

New assistance systems, Active Brake Assist 4 as standard

Mercedes-Benz and Setra again set standards in active safety at the 2018 IAA with assistance systems. Active Brake Assist 4 for touring coaches is the first ever brake assist system that also brakes for pedestrians. It will become standard equipment on the touring coaches from Mercedes-Benz and Setra in 2019. Preventive Brake Assist is the first active brake assist system ever for city buses. Finally, Sideguard Assist is the first assistance system to warn of pedestrians, cyclists and stationary obstacles when turning. It is available for the entire range of city buses and touring coaches from Mercedes-Benz and Setra. All three assistance systems unburden the driver in his work and protect more vulnerable road users. All three can save lives.

World premiere: The new generation of Mercedes-Benz minibuses

The new Mercedes Benz Sprinter forms the basis for a likewise totally new generation of the successful minibuses bearing the three-pointed star. As before, they comprise the model series Sprinter City, Sprinter Transfer, Sprinter Mobility and Sprinter Travel, and will be launched successively. The names stand for operations in line service, as a versatile shuttle bus, for transport of passengers with limited mobility, and for tourist transport. As a result, the Sprinter as a minibus covers all conceivable types of operations. The Sprinter City 75 with exclusive technology plays a prominent role: Thanks to an extended wheelbase, the compact city bus with discreet skeleton body offers a large low-floor platform and due to its exclusive high-load rear axle manages a high passenger capacity.

Service becomes digital with Uptime and OMNIplus On

Service for buses and coaches becomes digital with OMNIplus On, and opens up entirely new possibilities for bus operators and drivers thanks to connectivity. Digital services are bundled in a clearly arranged way on the new Internet portal OMNIplus On. OMNIplus On initially rests on three pillars. OMNIplus On advance ensures maximum fleet availability for bus operators, for example with the revolutionary service OMNIplus Uptime for continuously monitoring the relevant vehicle systems in real time. The data are continuously analysed and interpreted. If there are impending severe technical malfunctions, the bus operator is immediately informed by OMNIplus 24h Service, together with concrete recommended actions to prevent a vehicle breakdown. OMNIplus On monitor combines the telematics services for efficient fleet management. Finally, OMNIplus On drive ensures the communication between the driver and the company, and helps the driver with the required daily departure check, for example.

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