BVG orders Citaro Electrics

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GERMANY Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), the Berlin transport authority, is entering the electric era with the new, fully electrically powered Mercedes-Benz Citaro which will make its public premiere at IAA, Hannover.

The fully electric Citaro has been extensively trialled in extreme temperature conditions. DAIMLER

Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses, said: “We are very pleased that the largest German bus operator is also opting for Mercedes-Benz where fully electrically powered buses are concerned. And this even before the official premiere of the new bus.”

The 15 buses will be delivered from the first quarter of 2019 onwards and each will have 10 battery modules that will be charged at depot-located sockets. They are powered by an electric axle with electric motors near the wheel hubs. A highly advanced thermal management system – with high-tech components such as a heat pump – lowers energy consumption.