Mercedes-Benz has received another major order for its eCitaro. The public transport operator Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG (ASEAG) ordered up to 27 electric city buses. The first seven eCitaro buses have already been handed over.
ASEAG has opted for the maximum possible number of battery modules. The eCitaro in a two-door version thus achieves 292 kWh each. The Aachen company also ordered the active brake assistant Preventive Brake Assist and the turn assistant Sideguard Assist. These assistance systems are intended to support bus drivers and, according to Daimler, protect weaker road users in particular.
“We’re proud to continue a long-standing and trusting partnership with ASEAG and to accompany them on their way to electromobility,” says Rüdiger Kappel, Head of Sales Mercedes-Benz Buses Germany. “ASEAG will continue to expand its electromobility step by step and will be choosing Mercedes‑Benz for all-electric vehicles.”
The Aachener Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG is already using numerous Citaro with combustion engines in its 230-vehicle fleet, both as solo and articulated buses. According to its own figures, ASEAG transports around 71 million passengers per year on its 101 bus routes. The Daimler announcement does not indicate on which lines the electric buses are to be used. The vehicles are also subsidized by the federal government. In July, Aachen received the subsidy notice from the Ministry of the Environment.
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