In Switzerland, the Regional Transport Authority of Baden-Wettingen (RVBW) in the Swiss canton of Aargau has ordered ten Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses for delivery next year.
In addition to the electric solo buses, the order for Daimler Buses also includes the complete charging infrastructure at the depot, including the necessary conversions and charging management.
RVBW’s three-door eCitaro buses contain five stacks of nickel-manganese-cobalt batteries with a total energy content of 490 kWh. The batteries are charged in the depot using infrastructure-incorporated top-down pantographs and the high-power contact rail on the top of the vehicle. The Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) for audible environmental protection warns passers-by of the approach of the silent electric buses.
The eCitaro is currently the best-selling bus in Germany. At the end of 2021, Mercedes-Benz was ahead of VDL with 251 eCitaro and MAN with 68 new electric bus registrations. The three manufacturers still seem to share the podium in this order.
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