Even the most state-of-the-art city bus needs a driver to steer it. And, with this in mind, the eCitaro’s cockpit differs only slightly from the familiar driver’s workspace. The operating concept largely corresponds to that of the conventional Citaro. The transmission is operated in a familiar fashion with the D–N–R push buttons, but the instrumentation has been somewhat adapted. The tachometer is replaced by a power meter displaying current power demand. The battery’s charge status is also visually clear. Via the central display, the driver can summon range, power availability and charging indicator information.
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The eCitaro not only speaks an expressive design language, it impresses in the same way with a lot of comfort for the driver as well as with advanced safety technologies. Sideguard Assist supports the driver primarily when turning towards the right in road traffic. Preventive Brake Assist from Mercedes-Benz is the world's first active Brake Assist System for public city transport buses.
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The cockpit of the eCitaro is only minimally different from that of a conventional driver's workstation. The operating concept is virtually identical to that of a conventional Citaro. The direction of travel is selected with a push button switch, while the instruments are indeed different. Instead of a rev counter, the eCitaro uses a power meter that shows the momentary power requirements. The central display provides the driver with information on the range and state of charge of the battery. In addition, the driver can call up a charging display. If a fuel-operated auxiliary heater is installed, there is also a fuel level indicator.
Windows and climate control
Windows and climate control.
Generously-dimensioned window surfaces pose a challenge for the engineers designing city buses: They are, together with the large volume interior and the frequent opening and closing of the doors, among the factors that make a sophisticated climate control system necessary. In the case of an all-electric bus the expenditure is considerably higher – thanks to the high degree of effectivity of the electric motor in operation, only very little usable waste energy is produced. That's why the eCitaro uses intelligent thermal management to control the interior temperature in the driver's workstation.
The stowage compartments around the cockpit have also been thought through down to the last detail: starting with the clothes hook, to a large stowage compartment in the door of the driver's compartment, to the implements compartment. An electrically cooled, insulated compartment is located under the folding armrest to the left of the driver's position. It can accommodate a 1.5-litre beverage bottle or several beverage cans. A closed compartment at the front right can be used to stow lost and found objects. Close to it, the fire extinguisher is mounted at the ready. Emergency devices such as first aid kits find their place easily visible and accessible.
Switches and buttons
Switches and buttons.
The direction of travel is selected as usual using the D-N-R push-buttons, the instrumentation has been adapted.
Panel and steering wheel
Instrument panel and steering wheel.
In the eCitaro a power meter replaces the rev counter. A central display enables the driver to view the battery charge, range and charge indicator.
The steering wheel, too is a multi-talent. Menu navigation is simple, by means of the function buttons on the steering wheel. Whether a status message or an operating indicator – everything is shown clearly and comprehensibly on the colour display.
Driver protection door
Driver protection door.
The driver protection door increases safety for the driver. The shape of the cab also ensures that the temperature selected by the driver is maintained well.
Tried-and-tested technology: With its independent suspension on the front axle, the Citaro has set new standards in regular-service buses. Larger suspension travel and newly tuned air suspension and elastokinematics increase driving comfort, while the large wheel angle determines a small turning circle (53°/46°). Roll pitch control (WNR*) dampens the roll and pitching movements of the vehicle. This is achieved by changing the damping force of the shock absorbers. The change is dependent on the driving situation: Hard and safe when braking and during dynamic driving, soft and comfortable in uncritical driving situations. Great straight-line stability and excellent steerability together with comfortable springs ensure the same quiet and easy handling for the eCitaro as that found in a touring coach.
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