The Hamburg-Holstein Transport Authority (VHH) in Germany has ordered 16 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro models that should be delivered at the end of 2019. According to Daimler, this will be the first time the fully electric city buses will feature the new maximum configuration with twelve battery packs and a total capacity of 292 kWh.
Daimler claims that the new eCitaro has a maximum range of 280 km under ideal conditions. But even under difficult conditions in midsummer or winter, the extended capacity should allow 170 km on the route without recharging. “Thanks to their long range, the new electric buses will be able to be used immediately on almost all VHH routes,” says VHH Managing Director Toralf Müller.
The new electric buses will be stationed at the bus depot in Hamburg-Bergedorf. The 16 vehicles are charged overnight using a smart charging management system that avoids unnecessarily expensive power peaks. In order to minimize energy consumption for air conditioning, the interior is thermally preconditioned during charging. The bus depot is currently being equipped with the appropriate charging infrastructure.
This investment follows a decision by the Hamburg Senate to purchase only fully electric buses for the German port city from 2020. They are part of the comprehensive German environmental agenda that Hamburg was one of the first cities to sign. In this context, the 35 electric buses planned for this year are only the vanguard for around 1,000 electrically powered vehicles by 2030 – according to the vision of the Hamburg transport authority. Today it was also announced that public transport company, Hamburger Hochbahn AG, has appointed ABB to supply infrastructure for 44 high-power chargers in the northern German port city.