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An improved environment, dynamic growth and quality of life – these are the predominant topics at the Global Public Transport Summit (GPTS) from 9 to 12 June in Stockholm. A clear vision for the future and further development of local public transport are at the heart of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit. Daimler's bus segment contributes to this vision in many ways, with the motto "Arriving today. Thinking about tomorrow." One of the aims of Daimler Buses is to shape and develop the future of global (bus) mobility in a responsible way. 

As a bus pioneer, Daimler Buses stands traditionally for the safety, efficiency and comfort of urban and long-distances buses and coaches. Furthermore, Daimler Buses keeps an eye on sustainability: the buses from the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands are an indispensable part of local public transport and play an important role worldwide in reducing the impact of traffic, pollution, and nitrous oxide emissions on our roads. The aim of Daimler Buses is to enable more efficient mobility in urban areas and help reduce the strain caused by traffic, particularly in urban areas. Products from Daimler Buses are not only environmentally friendly, they also enable mobility for a large number of people.

With this background, Daimler Buses pursues the aim of reducing the CO₂ emissions of its city buses and overland coaches weighing over 18 tonnes in real use (Tank to Wheel) by 20 percent by 2020 in Europe. A further aim is to reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions of buses in real operations by 75 percent by 2030.

In order to lower CO₂ emissions even further, Daimler Buses focuses on buses with low-emission and emission-free drive. One example of this is the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid, which was awarded the Sustainability Award 2019. Besides efficiency and sustainability, the jury looked at criteria like safety, comfort, noise emissions, re-usability of components, environmental conservation, and efficiency.

Since the launch in 2018 of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, Daimler Buses has been able to offer a locally emission free urban bus for environmentally-friendly public transport in cities and urban areas. The battery-electric eCitaro is already in series production. Products like the eCitaro provide a substantial contribution towards clean air in urban areas.

Stuttgart, 12 June 2019

  • Daimler Buses at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit: contributing to efficient mobility and reducing traffic impact in urban areas
  • Fully electric eCitaro for locally emission-free mobility: emissions and use of resources viewed over the entire life cycle
  • We accompany customers and towns making the switch to electromobility
  • Safety and assistance systems provide safety for passengers and other road users as standard
Mercedes-Benz at the congress of the International Association of Public Transport (GPTS) 2019 in Stockholm

Mercedes-Benz at the congress of the International Association of Public Transport (GPTS) 2019 in Stockholm

Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid

Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid, Exterior, ice blue metallic, OM 936 h rated at 220 kW/299 hp, displacement 7.7 l, electric motor rated at 14 kW, 6-speed automatic transmission, LED headlamps, length/width/height: 12135/2550/3120 mm, passenger capacity: max. 1/101.

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with all-electric drive, exterior, anthracite metallic, 2 x electric hub motor, 2 x 125 kW, 2 x 485 Nm, LED headlamps, length/width/height: 12135/2550/3400 mm, passenger capacity: 1/86.

To assess the environmental compatibility of a vehicle, Daimler Buses looks at the emissions and resource consumption over the entire life cycle. This is done by means of a life-cycle assessment, which covers the main environmental impacts – from raw material extraction to production and use through to recycling. In 2018, Daimler Buses examined the fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus for the first time as part of a life-cycle study. For the assessment of the eCitaro, two ways of producing electricity during use were analysed. The eCitaro was more efficient in environmental terms than the conventional Citaro city bus with a diesel engine – depending on the method of electricity production used – by 38 percent (for the European electricity mix) or by 86 percent (for hydro-electric power).

The eCitaro is part of the overall eMobility system from Daimler Buses. Our eMobility Consulting Team advises customers about different operational possibilities, accompanying them in their switch to e-mobility. Aspects like route length, passenger numbers, energy requirements, range calculation and charging management are considered. We also offer EcoTraining courses for bus customers and their drivers, to encourage environmentally friendly driving. All these elements demonstrate the contribution made by Daimler Buses on the topic of "The Art of Public Transport" at this year's UITP summit.

A fundamental part of tomorrow's mobility solutions, and of increasing importance, is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a sustainable mobility concept currently in use in over 160 cities around the world. Mercedes-Benz buses are in use in 41 of these cities. The features of these systems are above all separate bus lanes, special stops and priority at junctions, enabling passengers to reach their destinations swiftly and in comfort and safety.

Daimler Buses has a holistic approach in the field of Bus Rapid Transit. For the introduction of BRT systems, we offer authorities vehicles and also advice and financing services. Together with different partners, and in close cooperation with municipal authorities, we accompany the development and planning of BRT systems. These are already showing impressively high eco-friendliness, short planning and manufacture times, and low investment costs. 

Another main focus by Daimler Buses is on safety. With modern driver assistance systems and vehicle protection systems, the bus segment of Daimler aims to considerably improve road safety, with the final aim of being accident-free mobility. With this aspiration, the business area contributes towards achieving the European Union's target of reducing the number of road deaths to almost zero by 2050.

Examples of standard safety and assistance systems are the emergency braking assistance system Active Brake Assist 4 which not only automatically initiates full braking in the case of stationary and moving obstacles, but which also warns the driver of a possible collision with pedestrians and at the same time initiates partial braking. Preventive Brake Assist, the brake assistant for regular-service urban buses, warns of collisions with moving pedestrians or stationary or moving objects and automatically initiates partial braking in the event of the risk of a collision. Sideguard Assist, the first radar-based turning assistant for buses to detect people, supports the driver in critical situations when turning right.

Mercedes-Benz CapaCity in the T urkish metropolis of Istanbul, where one of the world's largest BRT systems is applied. One million people use the BRT line every day.

Mercedes-Benz CapaCity in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul, where one of the world's largest BRT systems is applied. One million people use the BRT line every day.

"The Art of Public Transport" was the motto of the Global Public Transport Summit (GPTS) which was held from 9 to 12 June in Stockholm. The Mercedes-Benz exhibition at the congress of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) was centred around the fully-electric low-floor eCitaro urban bus, the comprehensive e-mobility system and innovative digital services.

Solo bus, articulated bus, short variant, low-entry bus and inter-city versions – the Mercedes‑Benz Citaro is one for all. The CapaCity is recommended for routes with high passenger numbers. Derived from the Citaro, this high-volume bus has four axles and can be as much as 21.0 m in length. Just as versatile are the drive system technologies available for the Citaro. A focal point in this area is the fully electric eCitaro. With its energy efficiency, it sets benchmarks. The concept is especially interesting to transport companies and the numerous orders already received are proof of that. Upcoming battery technologies, including the ground-breaking solid-state batteries with especially high, pioneering energy density levels, also serve to underline the sustainability of the eCitaro.

The fully-electrically powered eCitaro is flanked by the low-emission diesel engines equipped to Euro VI emissions gas standard as well as the Citaro NGT with gas-powered drive system. If biogas or biomethane are used, the vehicle drives almost CO₂ neutrally. Both diesel and gas engines are optionally available in conjunction with the hybrid module and impress with their further-increased efficiency. This top performance has also been officially recognised, with the Citaro hybrid being voted "Bus of the Year 2019".

The Citaro's safety level is also excellent. For example, its Preventive Brake Assist active brake assistant is unique: if there is a risk of a collision, it automatically initiates a braking manoeuvre. Sideguard Assist warns when turning off to the right as well as in the case of obstacles located to the side of the vehicle. Both assistance systems protect weaker road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Stuttgart / Stockholm, 27 May 2019

  • At the heart of the Citaro family: the fully-electric eCitaro
  • Like no other: the new Sprinter City 75 – Minibus of the Year 2019
  • The comprehensive e-mobility system and digital services for bus fleets
"The Art of Public Transport" is the slogan of the Global Public Transport Summit (GPTS) being held from 9 to 12 June in Stockholm.

 

The fully-electrically powered eCitaro is flanked by the low-emission diesel engines equipped to Euro VI emissions gas standard as well as the Citaro NGT with gas-powered drive system.

 

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 75.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 75: On the basis of the new Sprinter generation, a vehicle has been created which not only offers an impressive amount of space and numerous technological highlights but which also demonstrates how modern public transport with minibuses works.

The Citaro is flanked by the Sprinter City 75 minibus – voted Minibus of the Year 2019. The 8.5 m flagship from the Sprinter City model series offers space for up to 38 passengers and is an especially spacious vehicle. Forming its basis is a combination of the chassis of the Mercedes‑Benz Sprinter combined with an integral skeleton. The permissible gross weight comes in at 6.8 t and offers great reserves. The basis is an exclusively developed high-load rear axle with air suspension.

E‑mobility at Mercedes‑Benz is a comprehensive system made up of several components. The comprehensive e-mobility system from Mercedes-Benz takes into account such things as power supply, charging infrastructure, rotational planning, telematics systems, service concepts and the training of employees. Mercedes‑Benz eMobility Consulting is on-hand to help with the planning of e-mobility. OMNIplus and the authorised service partners provide eMobility Service.

With OMNIplus ON, service just got digital and opened up a range of new possibilities:

  • "OMNIplus ON advance" ensures maximum availability, for example with the OMNIplus Uptime service for monitoring vehicle systems in real-time.
  • "OMNIplus ON monitor" brings together telematics services.
  • "OMNIplus ON drive" assists the driver, for example, in carrying out departure checks.
  • "OMNIplus ON commerce" enables companies to enjoy rapid and targeted procurement of replacement parts around the clock in the OMNIplus eShop.

Low consumption speaks for itself. And for many decision makers, fuel consumption is the most impor tant aspect when buying a new coach – ideal conditions for the Tourismo.

Innovative drive technology, modern driver assistance systems and the lowest wind resistance in its class – the new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo reduces fuel consumption significantly compared to its previous model. Experienced coach testers and trade journalists have already confirmed the Tourismo’s outstanding economy. The winner of the renowned International Bus & Coach Competition (IBC) 2018 thus achieved exemplary consumption figures when tested: just 20.72 litres of diesel over 100 kilometres are used by the six-cylinder engine of a Tourismo M/2.

Eco Champ 2018.
Proud medal winner: Walter Marini from Walterbus in Italy.

Proud medal winner: Walter Marini from Walterbus in Italy.

Even more important, however, are the figures achieved in routine operations on the road. So why not just ask the drivers? Or, even better, why not pit them against each other in a competition? This brilliant idea resulted in the “Tourismo Eco Champ 2018” – a European-wide search for the most economical Tourismo driver of the Mercedes-Benz doubledecker coach, which is sold in 40 countries.

The winners have been decided – and with them, particularly low consumption figures, which confirm the tests by the manufacturer and the IBC. Grading took place in four categories covering all versions of the wide range of Tourismo models – from the 12.3-metre-long two-axle base model through to the 13.9-metre-long three-axle Tourismo L.


Walter Marini from Walterbus in Italy achieved the lowest value across all categories with an average consumption of 19.2 litres of diesel (Tourismo model). The 24 Buteo Busservice Behrendt drivers from Kloster Lehnin in Brandenburg also proved to be big fuel-saving experts: their average consumption of just 21.7 litres of diesel was achieved under real conditions over 94,000 kilometres with the three-axle Tourismo L.

As prizes, the winning teams were given an Eco Champ medal and an exclusive 22-speed Mercedes-Benz mountain bike with extra-light carbon frame. The search for the “Tourismo Eco Champ 2019” is also expected in the coming travel season – because the hunt for the lowest consumption will never go out of fashion.

Group photo with mountain bike: the German team of winners from Buteo Busservice Behrendt. From left to right: Jürgen Popis (Mercedes-Benz), Henryk Iwaniak (Buteo), Stefan Behrendt (Behrendt), Ivonne Behrendt (Behrendt), Ralf Hochuli (Mercedes-Benz), Simone Kausmann (Behrendt).

Group photo with mountain bike: the German team of winners from Buteo Busservice Behrendt. From left to right: Jürgen Popis (Mercedes-Benz), Henryk Iwaniak (Buteo), Stefan Behrendt (Behrendt), Ivonne Behrendt (Behrendt), Ralf Hochuli (Mercedes-Benz), Simone Kausmann (Behrendt).