Two electric buses have covered a combined 200,000 kilometres within the space of one year of regular-service operations, saving operator Egenberger in Thierhaupten near Augsburg more than 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Mirko Sgodda, Head of Sales, Marketing and Customer Services at Daimler Buses, said: “Together with our long-term customer and partner Egenberger, we are extremely pleased about the very good performance of the eCitaro, in particular as it is used on a 20km regional bus route. This represents a further major step in the changeover of public transport to e-mobility.”
Paul Kienberger, Managing Director and Owner of Egenberger said: “Our maxim is to provide reliable regular-service bus routes. And one thing we can rely on is the eCitaro. We constantly explore new approaches when it comes to actively aligning our operations with environmental concerns and the conservation of resources. The extremely modern drive system of the eCitaro as well as its efficient climate control system with heat pump are a major step in the right direction.”
The buses have been in service since 15 July last year. Their batteries have a capacity of 292kWh and are charged both at the terminus stops as well as by means of intermediate charging along the route. The eCitaro buses share the route with a Citaro hybrid which serves as a basis for comparisons. Egenberger is a third generation family firm with a fleet of more than 70 coaches and buses.