New drive system delivering greater economy. Thanks to the hybrid module, the Intouro hybrid saves up to five percent on fuel and is therefore the specialist for urban intercity transport.
Braking saves money.
More efficient – the new Mercedes-Benz Intouro hybrid.
The new Mercedes-Benz Intouro hybrid brings you outstanding efficiency. With its cost-effectiveness, versatility and reliability, it is suitable for a wide range of applications. The addition of an electric motor makes it more cost-effective for you – especially when used on intercity routes. This is where it can make optimum use of its fuel-saving abilities.
Generate new energy in stop-and-go traffic. In the new Intouro hybrid from Mercedes-Benz, an additional electric motor acts as a generator when the bus is braking and coasting. The power converted from the braking energy is used to support the combustion engine when idling, moving off and also when accelerating. This can save up to five percent in fuel when used in urban areas on regular service routes, shuttle or factory-shuttle services. As a result, the Intouro hybrid pays off the investment costs with every stop. Now available for Intouro, Intouro M and Intouro K models.
Straight-forward technology without the need for a high-voltage system.
The Intouro hybrid's technology is as simple as it is convincing. The energy generated by recuperation is stored in capacitors, also known as supercaps. These are ideal for continuous switchovers between charging and discharging when stopping and moving off. The second key component of its advanced hybrid drive is the electric motor. The unit is used in the Intouro hybrid between the combustion engine and the automatic transmission. It generates an output of 14 kW and a peak torque of 220 Nm. The electric motor supports the combustion engine in the event of high power requirements. It does not, however, serve to increase the maximum output, which is why the output and torque figures for the intercity bus remain unchanged. The electric motor acts as a supplement to the combustion engine, thereby noticeably reducing fuel consumption. Compared with other hybrid drives, the Intouro hybrid dispenses with unnecessary voltage: instead of a complex high-voltage system, it features a separate 48-volt system. This is classed as low-voltage technology and is therefore safer to handle. In this context, the new Intouro hybrid once again shows off its easy-to-use features.
The intelligent use of kinetic energy.
Who brakes wins
The vehicle with a 48 V hybrid system impresses with its increased economy and sustainability through lower fuel consumption and reduced exhaust emissions. To achieve this, the diesel engine is supported by the propulsive power of a highly efficient hybrid module. The module's 14 kW electric motor generates energy when coasting and braking, and supports the diesel engine when starting and idling. The energy management system is self-sufficient and therefore supports the unchanged driving behaviour and familiar operation for the driver.
The system consists of an electric motor, an inverter, two storage modules (Mild Hybrid Storages) on the roof and an additional cooling circuit for the electric motor and inverter. The disc-shaped and very robustly designed electric motor is integrated between the combustion engine and the automatic transmission. Among other things, it works as a generator when the bus decelerates and converts thrust energy into electricity – during braking and when the gas is removed (recuperation). The generated electricity is stored as electrical energy in the storage modules.
As soon as the bus starts from a standstill, the electric motor supports the diesel unit with its torque – the so-called boost phase. In this way, the combustion engine temporarily has to apply less power when starting up, thus saving fuel. In addition, the electric motor supports idling. This improves the efficiency of the combustion engine and contributes to significantly reduced fuel consumption and thus reduced emissions. The safety concept of the hybrid system is based on the low voltage of 48 V-DC (direct current). This means that there is no need for extensive training of the driving personnel and workshop staff, nor for special tools or special spare parts.