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Stuttgart / Brussels. The #daimler Buses presence in Brussels from 18 to 23 October 2019 at the world's biggest specialist exhibition for buses "Busworld Europe" is all about holistic solutions for the #bus mobility of tomorrow.
Till Oberwörder, Head of #daimler Buses, will give insights into the current and future portfolio of #daimler Buses at a press conference on 17 October 2019 at 10:10 a.m.: "With our brands Mercedes-Benz, Setra and Omniplus, we will be presenting sustainable and innovative solutions for the #bus industry of the future at the trade fair. Our presentation there will show that we offer our customers buses and mobility solutions suitable for every purpose. In the e-mobility sector in particular, city authorities and transport businesses expect tailor-made solutions for local public transport. With our overall system consisting of product and comprehensive support, we are very well positioned here. Orders for the eCitaro running into three-digit figures underscore the fact that we are on the right road with this. The portfolio of our product brands is complemented by intelligent and networked service offerings, such as Omniplus On, or an electric mobility consulting service tailored to our customers' needs."
Practical overall e-mobility system from #daimler Buses
The focus of the trade fair presentation will be the overall e-mobility system from #daimler Buses. The fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, which is produced in series at the Mannheim plant and is available for ordering by customers, offers municipal authorities and transport businesses the opportunity to adapt their fleets to local zero-emission driving. This battery-powered city #bus thus stands for environmentally friendly public transportation and contributes to better air quality and thus to enhanced living conditions in cities.
eCitaro buses are already in regular service in cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo/Norway and Ystad/Sweden; deliveries have already been made to Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Further three-figure Europe-wide deliveries will take place this year, and also successively in the coming years – the demand is dependent on the local characteristics of the transport companies.
Further technological development of the eCitaro already in focus
The eCitaro is being continuously further developed with regard to its practical operation in regular service – future technological developments will give customers security regarding their fleet planning. Depending on its intended use, the eCitaro can also be ordered with as many as twelve battery packs. This results in a range around 170 kilometres, under typical city #bus conditions, without recharging along the route. From 2020, a further model variant of the eCitaro will also be available: an articulated bus (eCitaro G) with 145 passenger seats.
From 2021 the eCitaro will be launched with the next battery generation and in the second half of 2020 with solid-state batteries (lithium polymer batteries). From 2022 there will be the battery #bus with Range Extender (hydrogen-based fuel cell supplying a high-voltage battery with electricity). Future battery technologies will lead to increased operational coverage in regular operations – with the fuel cell as a range extender, almost all lines could then be catered for.
The eCitaro is compatible with all common charging technologies: Besides 150 kW charging using a cable, rapid charging at around 300 kW using a roof-mounted pantograph will also be available by the end of 2019. Rapid charging by means of fixed-position charging contact arms in conjunction with charging rails installed on the #bus roof (the so-called "inverted pantograph" principle) is also in preparation.
Comprehensive system approach with e-Mobility-Consulting
Since the electrification of #bus fleets requires major changes in transport businesses, #daimler Buses accompanies its customers in their understanding of an overall e-mobility system with a comprehensive consulting approach. The #daimler Buses e-Mobility-Consulting team takes into account, among other things, line length, passenger volume, energy requirements, range calculations and charge management when determining the possible operation from case to case. E-mobility solutions tailored to the customer's needs are the result. Customers are also accompanied when it comes to service as well: workshop consulting for e-mobility systems and training courses for work on high-voltage systems, modified service networks due to e-mobility or eco-trainings for drivers are the building blocks of the Omniplus eMobility service concept.
The entire e-mobility system from #daimler Buses is thus a component of the Daimler Sustainability Strategy 2039 and demonstrates, among other things, the path which #daimler Buses is taking towards achieving sustainable and emission-free mobility.
All-round programme for all customer needs and #bus mobility requirements
The presentation of #daimler Buses at Busworld Europe offers an all-round programme consisting of eight Mercedes-Benz and Setra vehicles. Apart from this, visitors can find out more about the Omniplus On service and #daimler Buses eMobility Consulting. In a Design Center, customers receive advice on the configuration of vehicles.
In addition to the overall e-mobility system, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the versatile Intouro and the economical, safe and comfortable Tourismo 15 RHD high-decker. A special highlight is the world premiere of the new Sprinter Travel 75. Its increased passenger capacity of 21+1 seats thanks to its new high-load axle enables it to set new standards in travel.
The Setra brand exhibition vehicles show tailor-made solutions for touring coach transport that are individual, comfortable, safe and highly economical. The range extends from the efficient Setra MultiClass S 415 LE business rural service #bus to the Setra ComfortClass S 515 HD touring high-decker and the Setra TopClass S 516 HDH super high decker, to the Setra TopClass S 531 DT double-decker #bus.
Visitors to the fair will be able to see how #bus mobility can be more efficiently adapted to individual applications through digitization and networking by taking a look at the new Omniplus On online services. With Omniplus On, #daimler Buses is advancing digitization and expanding its range of services. Customers are accompanied by intelligent solutions and services on their way to the future of passenger transport.
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