Qbuzz and OV-bureau order 35 Mercedes eCitaro G
The Dutch public transport operators Qbuzz and OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe have placed an order with Daimler Buses for the construction of a total of 35 fully electric articulated Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G buses. According to the contract, deliveries are to be completed by 2026.
According to Daimler Buses, this is the first major order of public transport vehicles from the Netherlands. The 18-metre-long low-floor electric buses will be used in both urban and regional transport in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe. Specifically, 25 of them will be used for regional transport and ten into operation on the so-called Dutch Qlink urban transit routes. Qbuzz had already ordered 63 electric buses from Ebusco and 54 electric buses from Van Hool for use in Groningen and Drenthe in March.
According to Daimler Buses, the Mercedes articulated buses ordered each have three doors and “the latest-generation NMC 3 batteries with lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide cells and an energy capacity of 490 kWh.” The charging socket is located at the rear of the eCitaro buses, intended for use in regional transport. In addition to the charging option via plug, the articulated buses for the Qlink routes have the option of quick charging via a pantograph.
According to the manufacturer, the ordered buses are also equipped with optional assistance systems such as the Sideguard Assist with pedestrian detection and mirror cams. Because: “TCycling is very popular in the Netherlands, so additional safety is particularly important here,” emphasises Dirk Meppelink, Key Account Manager Public Transport at Daimler Buses in the Netherlands.