News 2019
What's new

News 2019

A natural-gas drive is a fast and cost-efficient option for achieving lower emissions in local public bus transport. The EMT Madrid (Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid) transport company successfully operates several hundred Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT buses with natural-gas drive in the Spanish capital. In the coming year their number will increase to 672 environmentally friendly urban buses.

The fully-electric eCitaro, the low-emissions Citaro equipped to Euro VI specification, the Citaro NGT with a gas engine; both also available as hybrid variants – at Mercedes-Benz, transport companies certainly have freedom of choice. In 2016, EMT Madrid ordered a total of 82 Citaro NGT buses and Citaro G NGT articulated buses. The buses made a positive contribution and so the company decided to place several subsequent orders for more Citaro buses with a natural-gas drive. When the current order has been delivered, 672 Citaro buses with a gas drive will be on the road in Madrid.

EMT Madrid wants to have changed its entire bus fleet to low-emission drives by the end of the year. The Citaro NGT forms the basis of its environmentally friendly overall concept. EMT Madrid is run by the city and operates Europe's largest gas-driven bus depot. Buses are of great importance in the Spanish capital: EMT Madrid's fleet comprises 2000 buses; the vehicles travel more than one million kilometres a year and transport 425 million passengers in a network of service routes covering around 3800 kilometres. Thanks to a network of different transport operators and an extremely regular bus schedule, local public transport in Madrid is very popular and demand is increasing. At the same time, the private transport traffic in the city centre has decreased perceptibly.

Stuttgart / Madrid, 2 July 2019

  • Mercedes-Benz Citaro: a choice of environmentally friendly urban bus drives
  • The impressive environmentally friendly track record of the Citaro NGT
  • Complete road capability with a high degree of efficiency
  • A modern drive with impressive performance data
  • Equally popular with drivers and passengers
The EMT Madrid transport operator with its environmentally friendly overall concept: 672 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas driven Citaro NGT buses are in operation.

The EMT Madrid transport operator with its environmentally friendly overall concept: 672 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas driven Citaro NGT buses are in operation.

The EMT Madrid transport operator with its environmentally friendly overall concept: 672 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas driven Citaro NGT buses are in operation.

The EMT Madrid transport operator with its environmentally friendly overall concept: 672 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas driven Citaro NGT buses are in operation.

At the heart of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT is the Mercedes-Benz M 936 G natural-gas engine. With a displacement of 7.7 litres it is, at present, the most compact natural-gas engine in its class. The vertically-installed six-cylinder in‑line monovalent engine runs on compressed natural gas or biogas. With an output of 222 kW (302 hp), it achieves a maximum torque of 1200 Nm and undercuts the Euro VI emissions limits by a considerable margin. Thanks to these values and its powerful performance, this single-stage supercharged engine fully matches the benchmarks set by its diesel-powered equivalent.

The environmentally-friendly track record of the Citaro NGT is particularly exemplary. The CO2 emissions when operating with natural gas are up to ten percent lower than those of a diesel engine. When using bio natural gas, operation of a gas-driven urban bus is even almost CO2 neutral. An additional argument for using the Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT is the noise emissions which are up to 4 dB(A) lower than those of a diesel bus. This corresponds subjectively to halving the perceived noise level.

Thanks to these positive characteristics and the comparatively favourable purchasing costs, the transport operator considers gas-driven urban buses to be a drive concept with a long-term future, rather than a technology that simply bridges the way to electromobility.

The advantages of gas-driven urban buses become clear when you visit the modern bus depot in the Sanchinarro district, which opened in 2010. The depot is designed to cope with 400 buses driven by natural gas. Buses can be filled up with gas within minutes, on nine tracks simultaneously. Specially-trained employees are responsible for filling the tanks. The company also has three other depots that have been adapted to the operation of gas-driven buses in addition to the depot at Sanchinarro.

The transport company appreciates both the high level of availability and the modern appearance of the Citaro NGT, and also the low maintenance and repair costs. And the workmanship of the Citaro NGT is also good. The consumption of the modern gas engines is low and thus the purchasing costs can be written off within a very short time.

The Citaro NGT is very popular with the drivers at EMT Madrid. They much appreciate the overall modern design of the Citaro and the practical workplace. The cab can be climatised individually while a driver protection door and an additional window separate the cab from the passenger compartment.

The passenger compartments of the Citaro NGT buses at EMT Madrid are also characterised by special equipment. Double USB sockets are available for the passengers. There is also a more powerful air conditioning system in the passenger compartment to combat the climate conditions in Madrid with its very hot summers. This is another reason why the Citaro NGT is a "cool" choice in every respect for Madrid.

The EMT Madrid transport operator with its environmentally friendly overall concept: 672 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas driven Citaro NGT buses are in operation.

The EMT Madrid transport operator with its environmentally friendly overall concept: 672 Mercedes-Benz natural-gas driven Citaro NGT buses are in operation.

An improved environment, dynamic growth and quality of life – these are the predominant topics at the Global Public Transport Summit (GPTS) from 9 to 12 June in Stockholm. A clear vision for the future and further development of local public transport are at the heart of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit. Daimler's bus segment contributes to this vision in many ways, with the motto "Arriving today. Thinking about tomorrow." One of the aims of Daimler Buses is to shape and develop the future of global (bus) mobility in a responsible way. 

As a bus pioneer, Daimler Buses stands traditionally for the safety, efficiency and comfort of urban and long-distances buses and coaches. Furthermore, Daimler Buses keeps an eye on sustainability: the buses from the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands are an indispensable part of local public transport and play an important role worldwide in reducing the impact of traffic, pollution, and nitrous oxide emissions on our roads. The aim of Daimler Buses is to enable more efficient mobility in urban areas and help reduce the strain caused by traffic, particularly in urban areas. Products from Daimler Buses are not only environmentally friendly, they also enable mobility for a large number of people.

With this background, Daimler Buses pursues the aim of reducing the CO₂ emissions of its city buses and overland coaches weighing over 18 tonnes in real use (Tank to Wheel) by 20 percent by 2020 in Europe. A further aim is to reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions of buses in real operations by 75 percent by 2030.

In order to lower CO₂ emissions even further, Daimler Buses focuses on buses with low-emission and emission-free drive. One example of this is the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid, which was awarded the Sustainability Award 2019. Besides efficiency and sustainability, the jury looked at criteria like safety, comfort, noise emissions, re-usability of components, environmental conservation, and efficiency.

Since the launch in 2018 of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, Daimler Buses has been able to offer a locally emission free urban bus for environmentally-friendly public transport in cities and urban areas. The battery-electric eCitaro is already in series production. Products like the eCitaro provide a substantial contribution towards clean air in urban areas.

Stuttgart, 12 June 2019

  • Daimler Buses at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit: contributing to efficient mobility and reducing traffic impact in urban areas
  • Fully electric eCitaro for locally emission-free mobility: emissions and use of resources viewed over the entire life cycle
  • We accompany customers and towns making the switch to electromobility
  • Safety and assistance systems provide safety for passengers and other road users as standard
Mercedes-Benz at the congress of the International Association of Public Transport (GPTS) 2019 in Stockholm

Mercedes-Benz at the congress of the International Association of Public Transport (GPTS) 2019 in Stockholm

Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid, Exterior, ice blue metallic, OM 936 h rated at 220 kW/299 hp, displacement 7.7 l, electric motor rated at 14 kW, 6-speed automatic transmission, LED headlamps, length/width/height: 12135/2550/3120 mm, passenger capacity: max. 1/101.

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with all-electric drive, exterior, anthracite metallic, 2 x electric hub motor, 2 x 125 kW, 2 x 485 Nm, LED headlamps, length/width/height: 12135/2550/3400 mm, passenger capacity: 1/86.

To assess the environmental compatibility of a vehicle, Daimler Buses looks at the emissions and resource consumption over the entire life cycle. This is done by means of a life-cycle assessment, which covers the main environmental impacts – from raw material extraction to production and use through to recycling. In 2018, Daimler Buses examined the fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus for the first time as part of a life-cycle study. For the assessment of the eCitaro, two ways of producing electricity during use were analysed. The eCitaro was more efficient in environmental terms than the conventional Citaro city bus with a diesel engine – depending on the method of electricity production used – by 38 percent (for the European electricity mix) or by 86 percent (for hydro-electric power).

The eCitaro is part of the overall eMobility system from Daimler Buses. Our eMobility Consulting Team advises customers about different operational possibilities, accompanying them in their switch to e-mobility. Aspects like route length, passenger numbers, energy requirements, range calculation and charging management are considered. We also offer EcoTraining courses for bus customers and their drivers, to encourage environmentally friendly driving. All these elements demonstrate the contribution made by Daimler Buses on the topic of "The Art of Public Transport" at this year's UITP summit.

A fundamental part of tomorrow's mobility solutions, and of increasing importance, is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a sustainable mobility concept currently in use in over 160 cities around the world. Mercedes-Benz buses are in use in 41 of these cities. The features of these systems are above all separate bus lanes, special stops and priority at junctions, enabling passengers to reach their destinations swiftly and in comfort and safety.

Daimler Buses has a holistic approach in the field of Bus Rapid Transit. For the introduction of BRT systems, we offer authorities vehicles and also advice and financing services. Together with different partners, and in close cooperation with municipal authorities, we accompany the development and planning of BRT systems. These are already showing impressively high eco-friendliness, short planning and manufacture times, and low investment costs. 

Another main focus by Daimler Buses is on safety. With modern driver assistance systems and vehicle protection systems, the bus segment of Daimler aims to considerably improve road safety, with the final aim of being accident-free mobility. With this aspiration, the business area contributes towards achieving the European Union's target of reducing the number of road deaths to almost zero by 2050.

Examples of standard safety and assistance systems are the emergency braking assistance system Active Brake Assist 4 which not only automatically initiates full braking in the case of stationary and moving obstacles, but which also warns the driver of a possible collision with pedestrians and at the same time initiates partial braking. Preventive Brake Assist, the brake assistant for regular-service urban buses, warns of collisions with moving pedestrians or stationary or moving objects and automatically initiates partial braking in the event of the risk of a collision. Sideguard Assist, the first radar-based turning assistant for buses to detect people, supports the driver in critical situations when turning right.

Mercedes-Benz CapaCity in the T urkish metropolis of Istanbul, where one of the world's largest BRT systems is applied. One million people use the BRT line every day.

Mercedes-Benz CapaCity in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul, where one of the world's largest BRT systems is applied. One million people use the BRT line every day.