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Cities are becoming more environmentally friendly and enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. This is underscored by its latest accolade in the form of the environmental label "Blue Angel". For more than 40 years it has been the German government's environmental label and it is awarded by independent institutions. The coveted eco-label proves the eCitaro's environmental friendliness and the exemplary path it is taking towards locally emission-free local public transport. The eCitaro is the first fully-electric city bus entitled to bear this environmental label.

Stuttgart, 21 February 2020

  • Environmental friendliness of the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro extensively proven
  • Certificate confirms environmental friendliness, the first all-electric city bus with this distinction
  • The first eCitaro vehicles with the "Blue Angel" environmental label are on the road in Jena
  • Demanding criteria from individual components to guarantees
  • Four renowned and independent institutions bear the environmental label
Cities are becoming more environmentally friendly and enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. This is underscored by its latest accolade in the form of the environmental label "Blue Angel".

Cities are becoming more environmentally friendly and enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. This is underscored by its latest accolade in the form of the environmental label "Blue Angel".

Jenaer Nahverkehr GmbH is the first transport operator to receive three eCitaro vehicles with the "Blue Angel". The three eCitaro models form the foundation for the first electric bus fleet in Thuringia.

Jenaer Nahverkehr GmbH is the first transport operator to receive three eCitaro vehicles with the "Blue Angel". The three eCitaro models form the foundation for the first electric bus fleet in Thuringia.

Jenaer Nahverkehr GmbH is the first transport operator to receive three eCitaro vehicles with the "Blue Angel". The company operates local public transport in the Thuringian university city, with a fleet including 43 city buses on 13 routes. The three eCitaro models form the foundation for the first electric bus fleet in Thuringia. They are also equipped with current collectors for intermediate charging via plugs. The order also encompasses charging infrastructure, including a current collector charging station at the depot and at the "Westbahnhof" railway station. The safety equipment of the buses is also impressive and includes Sideguard Assist.

The "Blue Angel" eco-label for the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is further proof of the successful commitment to sustainable public transport in cities and conurbations. This battery-powered city bus thus stands for environmentally-respectful local public transport, contributing to air purity and therefore to enhancing the quality of life in cities.

There are high hurdles to be taken before the environmental label "Blue Angel" can be awarded. For example, all-electric buses have to demonstrate a minimum capacity for their high-voltage batteries. Further prerequisites include a guarantee of at least five years or mileage of 200,000 kilometres on the batteries, the opportunity to return them at a later date, non-destructive battery change and the availability of replacement components for up to ten years after production has ended. In addition to this, the proportion of heavy metals in batteries is strictly limited.

The requirements also cover the overall vehicle's environmental criteria. In paints and coatings, for instance, no lead, chromium oxide or cadmium compounds are permitted. As of the start of this year, only natural refrigerants are permitted for air conditioning systems. The eCitaro meets this criterion with its CO2 air conditioning system. It goes without saying that the fully-electric eCitaro adheres to tight threshold values for driving noise.

Cities are becoming more environmentally friendly and enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. This is underscored by its latest accolade in the form of the environmental label "Blue Angel".

Cities are becoming more environmentally friendly and enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. This is underscored by its latest accolade in the form of the environmental label "Blue Angel".

The "Blue Angel" sets demanding standards for environmentally friendly products and services. It serves as orientation for the sustainable purchase of everyday items, through to vehicles. The environmental label is carried by four renowned and independent institutions. The owner of the mark is the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The German Environment Agency develops the technical and award criteria. The decision-making body is the Environmental Label Jury with representatives from numerous public institutions. The non-profit company RAL gGmbH then listens to experts and issues the "Blue Angel" environmental seal.

For years, the bus operator Spillmann has put a lot of effort into making a journey on a public bus a real experience. To this end, Mercedes-Benz buses are individually designed and customised to the respective line creating unique vehicles for passengers to remember positively. The company from Bietigheim has now put five of these themed buses into service. At the Mannheim bus plant Bülent Menekse, Managing Director of Omnibusverkehr Spillmann GmbH, took delivery of four Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrids and one Citaro articulated bus from Rüdiger Kappel, Head of Fleet Sales Daimler Buses Germany.

By buying the Mercedes-Benz Citaro Spillmann has opted once again for efficient hybrid components and the Sideguard Assist safety system. The radar-based Sideguard Assist supports the bus driver when making critical right turns. The system detects both stationary and mobile obstacles such as cyclists or pedestrians.

Citaro passengers can look forward to a very special interior because in addition to Wi-Fi, USB charging sockets and comprehensive infotainment, every vehicle is designed according to a theme. For example, there is a "Skipper" vehicle which has a floor made of ship planks and printed side walls that give passengers a view of the open sea or sandy beaches. In the "Astronomy" bus the floor is printed like the surface of the moon and the side walls show a view from the moon to the earth and into the universe. The "Bietigheim" vehicle visualises the highlights of the Bietigheim-Bissingen region on the side walls. The floor in this bus has a quarry stone design. In the "Vintage" bus, Spillmann has given the side walls a colourful 1960s design and it additionally features untreated steel handrails with a vintage character. In the Citaro articulated bus the seat colours create four different zones. This "mobility" bus features an asphalt flooring design including tyre tracks and central reservation.

Bietigheim-Bissingen / Mannheim, 15 January 2020

  • Unusual design for five Mercedes-Benz Citaro
  • Four Citaro hybrids and one Citaro G delivered to Spillmann
  • Citaro with Sideguard Assist
(From left to right) Unusual design meets high-tech equipment: Bülent Menekse, Managing Director of Omnibusverkehr Spillmann GmbH, receives the symbolic key to the new Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses from Rüdiger Kappel, Head of Fleet Sales Daimler Buses Germany. Each vehicle is unique and has a theme: the five themed vehicles bear the names Astronomy, Vintage, Bietigheim, Mobility and Skipper.

(From left to right) Unusual design meets high-tech equipment: Bülent Menekse, Managing Director of Omnibusverkehr Spillmann GmbH, receives the symbolic key to the new Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses from Rüdiger Kappel, Head of Fleet Sales Daimler Buses Germany. Each vehicle is unique and has a theme: the five themed vehicles bear the names Astronomy, Vintage, Bietigheim, Mobility and Skipper.

In the Astronomy vehicle, the view from the moon to the rising earth is printed as a motif on the side wall in the standing section. The unusual floor covering is modelled on the surface of the moon.

In the Astronomy vehicle, the view from the moon to the rising earth is printed as a motif on the side wall in the standing section. The unusual floor covering is modelled on the surface of the moon.

In the Skipper themed bus, the polished handrails and their connecting elements resemble the railing of an ocean-going yacht. The wooden-look floor resembles the deck of a ship.

In the Skipper themed bus, the polished handrails and their connecting elements resemble the railing of an ocean-going yacht. The wooden-look floor resembles the deck of a ship.

Years ago, the bus company started to make local public transport more attractive with cool and unique vehicles. Spillmann's company philosophy is to stand out from other run-of-the-mill public buses by creating buses offering a special experience. This means that virtually every Spillmann public service bus has special design highlights: from handrails in a chrome or vintage look to eye-catching printed floors and side walls or specially upholstered seats.