The F-Cell Award was established by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Environment and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH) in conjunction with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and awarded for the ninth time. The innovation award endowed by the state of Baden-Württemberg honours user-friendly developments related to fuel cell technology.
Together with their teams, the Daimler employees Monika Kentzler and Wolfram Fleck from "E-Drive and Future Mobility" and Michael Edig from EvoBus GmbH were instrumental in the development of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid. "We are proud that these three employees, as well as the many others who were involved in the project, achieved such a great feat," says Hartmut Schick. "It demonstrates how commitment and interdisciplinary cooperation can result in pioneering solutions."
The Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid made its début last June at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) World Congress in Vienna. The fuel cell hybrid bus is the first of Daimler Buses' new generation of fuel cell buses. It combines the advantages of the diesel-electric Citaro G BlueTec® Hybrid, which had been unveiled a few months earlier, with those of the hydrogen-powered Citaro fuel cell buses.
An exceptional feature of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid is its comprehensive environmental compatibility: it emits absolutely no pollutants while in motion, as well as also being virtually silent, which makes it ideal for use in highly congested inner cities and metropolitan areas.