- Mercedes-Benz Benz eCitaro NMC 3: Long range, individual battery loading, enormous increase in capacity
- Mercedes-Benz eCitaro Range Extender: Consistent, practical and cost-conscious
- More than a bus: Daimler Buses supplies complete infrastructure and digital eServices
- Mercedes-Benz Intouro hybrid: Practical step toward e-mobility with intercity buses
Daimler Buses is vigorously pressing ahead with the transformation to e-mobility with buses in cities and metropolitan areas and the company is proving a point at IAA Transportation 2022 Press Days in Hanover, where the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with NMC 3 high-performance batteries will be showcased for the very first time. Daimler Buses is also announcing the launch of the eCitaro Range Extender with fuel cell for 2023. Daimler Buses is making the transition to e-mobility easier for transportation companies by supplying the complete infrastructure, including construction measures as well as special digital e-services. At the Press Days, the Mercedes-Benz Intouro hybrid bus will be the centerpiece to demonstrate the step toward e-mobility with intercity buses.
Mercedes-Benz Benz eCitaro NMC 3: Long range, individual battery configuration, vast increase in capacity
The abbreviation is NMC°3: Behind it is a new generation of high-performance batteries for the all-electric low-floor Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus. An outstanding advantage is its enormous capacity, which results in a long range without intermediate charging. The battery equipment's modular design is an added feature. The eCitaro as a solo bus has a capacity of up to 588 kWh and the eCitaro G articulated bus even boasts a capacity of up to 686 kWh. In average conditions, the maximum equipment scope ensures a reliable range of 280 kilometers for the eCitaro solo bus and 220 kilometers for the eCitaro G throughout the entire service life of the battery. This means that the buses cover the majority of requirements regarding the daily driving performance of city buses. Under favorable conditions, the range is more than 300 kilometers. The first eCitaro buses with the new battery generation are expected to be delivered before the end of 2022.
Mercedes-Benz eCitaro Range Extender: Consistent, practical and cost-conscious
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro Range Extender will enable ranges of around 400 kilometers for average requirements without recharging with an all-electric solo bus in urban traffic and around 350 kilometers with the corresponding articulated bus. The eCitaro Range Extender is resolutely designed for operation as a city bus in a practical and cost-conscious manner. Electricity is a significantly cheaper fuel than hydrogen – which is why it is a battery-electric low-floor city bus. The hydrogen-powered fuel cell therefore serves only to extend its range. The vehicle's premiere and the first deliveries are planned for 2023.
More than a bus: Daimler Buses supplies complete infrastructure and digital eServices
Daimler Buses facilitates the transition to electromobility with customized service packages and training courses provided by the Omniplus service brand as well as the installation of complete e-systems. This initially includes comprehensive and competent advice. As a general contractor, Daimler Buses can develop and supply fully fledged turnkey e-systems on request, including the complete infrastructure: eCitaro, re-planning and converting the depot, equipping it with charging stations, safeguarding the power supply and providing charging management. As a result, despite all its complexity, electromobility with city buses is increasingly becoming a plug-and-play solution that is simplifying the transformation to locally emission-free mobility. Daimler Buses is collaborating with strong and experienced system partners. This results in customized all-inclusive systems for vehicles and infrastructure.
Together with the drive system, service is also changing and has taken on a new dimension in the eCitaro. eServices are specifically geared towards electric mobility with city buses and supplement the traditional service portfolio with digital solutions. The focus is on the continuous and comprehensive monitoring of the complete vehicle technology, as well as the operating status and infrastructure down to the last detail for safe and economical operation. The Omniplus On portal makes data streams usable for transportation companies, so that operations can run at optimum efficiency. The eCitaro communicates with the control center and vice versa in real time. Whether it's monitoring a single bus for every minute of its operation, or the comprehensive analysis of a complete fleet, the continuous data stream makes it possible.
Mercedes-Benz Intouro hybrid: Practical step toward e-mobility with intercity buses
Electromobility has many facets. While the emphasis is on all-electric drive systems for urban traffic, Daimler Buses is relying on the Mercedes-Benz Intouro with its hybrid module as a first step for intercity transport and mixed usage profiles involving regular service and operation as a touring coach to continue to cut the already economical fuel consumption.
The basic function of the Intouro hybrid is extremely simple. An additional electric motor acts as an alternator during the bus’s braking and coasting phases, converting braking energy into electricity. This current is stored in supercapacitors ("supercaps") and is made available to the electric motor to support the combustion engine, especially when starting off and accelerating and to support idling. Both of these factors together result in a reduction in the already low fuel consumption. In the Intouro, this is particularly evident in local and suburban traffic, where the driver is constantly alternating between the accelerator and brake pedals. The reduction is up to five percent in suburban and local traffic.
In short: At IAA Transportation 2022 Press Days, Daimler Buses will be leaping ahead with fast and practical steps on the way to e-mobility with buses, such as the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro NMC 3 and Intouro hybrid, the outlook on the eCitaro Range Extender with fuel cell as well as a wide range of services.