Mercedes-Benz is in final phase of development of all-electric Citaro bus
In an indication of German automaker Mercedes-Benz’s relentlessly ongoing efforts in the ‘electric mobility’ arena, the automaker has advanced the development of its first all-electrically powered Citaro bus onto the final stage.
With the first customers of the all-electric, emissions-free Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus already waiting for its deliveries, the production version of the bus is likely to be unveiled by the automaker in September 2018, when the series production of the bus will likely be started.
The all-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus is simply a city bus which will operate noiselessly, and will have the capacity to accommodate nearly 80 passengers.
The bus will be equipped with a 243 kWh battery, with a dual motor ZF AVE 130 electric portal axle giving it the power to deliver 2 x 125 kW and 2 x 485 Nm of torque. Under the test ‘Standardised On-Road Test cycle’ (SORT2), which seems to have real-world accuracy, the range of the bus will be approximately 150 km (93 miles).
With the imminent launch of the all-electric Citaro, Mercedes-Benz will take electric mobility using city buses to a completely new level, thanks largely to the fact that the automaker will bring new technological solutions on board the existing platform of Citaro, the best-selling city bus in the world.
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