The new eCitaro fuel cell


Cost-efficient on a large scale as well as in detail: Mercedes-Benz has fully geared the eCitaro fuel cell towards economy. From component selection to energy management, from how easy servicing and repairs are to digital monitoring of consumption. From the design of the hydrogen system to the number of passenger seats. For your benefit and the benefit of the environment. Discover the economic factor for long routes now.

eCitaro fuel cell – that's how to preserve resources. As the main energy source, it uses the comparatively inexpensive battery power, while it applies the more expensive hydrogen highly efficiently. With the intelligent operating strategy, the hydrogen consumption can be reduced to a minimum depending on daily use and range requirements. All this enables demanding routes without recharging at comparatively low costs and high passenger capacity. The new NMC3 battery generation increases performance as does the integrated thermal management, which uses the waste heat from the fuel cell for temperature control in the passenger compartment in winter and thus saves energy for the climate control system. Another advantage: while the batteries are being charged at the depot, the interior can already be preconditioned to the desired temperature remotely – using the telematics function. This means the energy for the necessary air conditioning at the start of the trip is not drawn from the battery.

Proven components contribute to the reliability of the eCitaro fuel cell. Chassis, body, passenger compartment and driver’s workplace – all largely identical to the Citaro and eCitaro, proven a thousand of times over. In the event of damage or repair, replacement parts are available quickly and cost-effectively. At the same time, Mercedes-Benz has consistently geared the eCitaro fuel cell towards making it easy to service – this ensures higher availability and lowers costs. All components installed on the roof are easily accessible via widely opening service flaps. Segmented roof edge trims can be removed. Proven and therefore reliable components are also used in hydrogen technology. For example, Toyota’s proven, second-generation heavy-duty fuel cell ensures very efficient operation. At the same time, the favourable weight distribution of hydrogen components and batteries allows a high number of passenger seats, up to 78 in the solo bus and up to 128 in the articulated bus – a key factor in the economic efficiency calculation.

OMNIplus, Europe’s largest bus-specific service network, is by your side for all aspects of repair and maintenance of your bus/touring coach. Whether service contracts, employee training or spare parts services – OMNIplus allows you to further optimise the economic efficiency of your Mercedes-Benz eCitaro fuel cell. And with the integrated IT vehicle infrastructure in the international ITxPT standard, you are also equipped for business challenges in the digital connectivity segment – all necessary components are already on board as standard. In the OMNIplus ON portal in the monitor module, consumption, state of charge and range of the batteries can not only be monitored in real time, but also the fill level of the hydrogen tanks or the current fuel cell consumption. With the detailed consumption assessment of each individual vehicle, the OMNIplus ON’s digital service world also makes a valuable contribution to the highly economical operation of your fleet.

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