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Bucharest chooses the Citaro again: from May 2020, Mercedes‑Benz will deliver a total of 130 Citaro hybrid low-floor city buses to the Romanian capital. The technology of the 'Bus of the Year 2019' combines economy and ecology: depending on the operation, the hybrid module reduces fuel consumption depending on the operation and therefore emissions by up to 8.5 percent.

The Romanian capital city of Bucharest already chose the Mercedes-Benz Citaro in previous years: In the last decade, the city authorities ordered a total of 1000 Citaro. "Bucharest is a capital of the Citaro. So we are delighted to continue working together," says Ulrich Bastert, Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Services for Daimler Buses.

The Citaro hybrid will be delivered to Bucharest in the solo version. The city buses boast safe, comfortable equipment with full climate control, upholstered passenger seats, an infotainment system with real-time information, USB ports for passengers' own end devices and ESP Electronic Stability Program.

The hybrid module for the Citaro is available as special equipment both for the diesel and for the drive aggregate. The electric motor of the hybrid module supports the drive assembly primarily when the demand for power is high; with an output of up to 14 kW and 220 Nm torque. This occurs when pulling away, for example. The ability to provide for this maximum demand in power reduces the fuel consumption of the Citaro, which is already low, by up to 8.5 percent. Accordingly, emissions are lower. It is stored in double-layer capacitors – so-called supercaps.

This technology and the outstanding features of the Citaro hybrid have convinced the experts: an international jury chose the Citaro hybrid as 'Bus of the Year 2019'.

Stuttgart / Bucharest, 6 September 2019

  • Bucharest is one of the Citaro capitals of Europe
  • Citaro hybrid: hybrid module saves fuel and reduces emissions
Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid.
Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid.

Starting in 2021, public transport company Hamburger Hochbahn AG, will be field-testing the new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro articulated bus with a fuel cell as a range extender. The corresponding letter of intent was signed today by Henrik Falk, Chair of the Board of Hamburger Hochbahn AG and Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses. Mercedes-Benz will deliver two correspondingly equipped buses during the course of 2021.

Just as announced a year ago at its world premiere, the all-electric and locally emission-free eCitaro's further development is proceeding rapidly. Already next year, a new battery generation will bring a significant increase in capacity and therefore range. Then the eCitaro G articulated bus will also be rolled out. The next step will be the eCitaro G with a fuel cell as a range extender. As a result range is increasing.

Henrik Falk, Chair of the Board of Hamburger Hochbahn AG: "We anticipate a number of advantages to arise from the new development of the fuel-cell bus based on the purely electric vehicle, especially when it comes to covering greater ranges. And following the world premiere of the electric bus in Hamburg, the 2021 launch of this latest development in Hamburg highlights our pioneering role in operating emission-free buses. Now, it's all about getting those vehicles on our roads as fast as possible".

Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses: "We've already implemented many ambitious projects with Hamburger Hochbahn AG. And the eCitaro G with range-extending fuel cell is one the decisive steps on the road to locally emission-free and extremely quiet public transport using city buses."

Stuttgart / Hamburg, 5 September 2019

  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G with fuel cell: a decisive step towards locally emission-free public transport with city buses
  • Hamburg: the eCitaro's premiere city – now also with fuel cell in future
  • Intense co-operation using innovative city bus drives
In everyday use: Hamburger Hochbahn AG relies on the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G articulated bus with fuel cell.

As a world premiere, Mercedes-Benz delivered the first all-electric eCitaro to Hamburger Hochbahn AG in 2018. It was part of an order for 20 eCitaro. For 2020, Hamburger Hochbahn AG has already ordered another 25 eCitaro.

The Mercedes-Benz Citaro is the tailor-made city bus for the future of public transport. With its modular battery packs, the solo bus now has a total battery capacity of up to 292 kWh. This gives the low-floor bus a system-relevant range of around 170 km without recharging under all weather conditions. With the fuel cell as a range extender, the eCitaro is anticipated to achieve a system-relevant range of up to 400 km depending on the vehicle configuration and equipment. It can then seamlessly replace conventionally powered buses.

The eCitaro is based on the best-selling Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus. Already, more than 55,000 vehicles of both vehicle generations of the Citaro have been sold, and the Citaro has become part of city traffic in nearly every major city in western and central Europe as well as on several continents. The bus is available in the Citaro, Citaro hybrid, Citaro NGT and Citaro NGT hybrid versions. The four-axle, large-capacity CapaCity articulated bus is derived from the Citaro. Large numbers of this are also in use in Hamburg.

With around a thousand city buses, Hamburger Hochbahn operates 113 lines with 1353 stops. These buses carry around 214 million passengers a year. The close cooperation between Mercedes-Benz and Hamburger Hochbahn AG has a long tradition. In 1997, the company from Hamburg was among the first customers of first-generation Citaro buses. Since then, Mercedes-Benz has delivered over 1,500 Citaro and CapaCity buses to the company.

Whether it's the joint development of articulated pusher buses more than four decades ago or the field-testing of the Citaro FuelCELL, Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid and Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid in the past years – Mercedes-Benz and Hochbahn have been driving for innovative and "green" technology together for a long time.