As promised further development of the fully-electric, locally emission-free eCitaro first presented in 2018 is progressing rapidly. This year, new generations of batteries are again increasing its range considerably. These include solid-state batteries – a pioneering achievement in automotive construction.
With this letter of intent, SWEG is now investing in the next level; the eCitaro with fuel cell as a range extender. While travelling it generates electrical energy from hydrogen. This further increases range so that ultimately the eCitaro can seamlessly replace conventionally driven city buses even when an extensive range is required.
"Our company has always been a pioneer in the field of new and sustainable forms of mobility," says the outgoing Chairman of the Board of Management at SWEG, Johannes Müller. "That is why we would also like to gain experience in the area of hydrogen technology in the field," says the future Chairman of the Board of Management at SWEG, Tobias Harms. Ulrich Bastert, Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Services at Daimler Buses: "The eCitaro with fuel cell is a further milestone in the development of environmentally friendly city buses. We are delighted that our partner, SWEG, has opted for this advanced technology."
From 2022, SWEG expects to initially operate the two-door solo bus from the company's base in Lahr. At present the company is developing a concept for providing the city bus with hydrogen.