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17. 09. 2019 07:09


Switzerland gets its first zero-emission eCitaros

The new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro has hit the streets of Switzerland.

Two of the full-electric model have been delivered to Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe (ZVB) and Bus Ostschweiz, for operation in in Zug and Altstätten.

Switzerland gets two Mercedes-Benz eCitaros

With zero emissions and “almost silent” operation, its range is around 150km, with charging at the depot.

Mercedes-Benz says it has optimum efficiency “regardless of whether it is used in inner cities or on regional and rural bus routes.”

It has a thermal management system with a heat pump for heating the passenger compartment, and temperature control for the battery and components.

There is also air conditioning, 15 double USB ports for passengers, and three monitors for journey information.

The interior is designed to be accessible, with 'generous' wheelchair and pushchair space, tactile handrails and ribbed handles, and contrast-rich design.

There is CCTV, a door-closing warning system, and an exterior camera for keeping an eye on cyclists and pedestrians.

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro for Swiss companies

“Electromobility is a technology with a future,” says Cyrill Weber, Director of ZVB. “ZVB will continue to develop its electromobility step-by-step as is commercially and financially possible.”

Roland Ochsner, Director of Bus Ostschweiz, says: “There is a long history of electromobility at Bus Ostschweiz.

“More than 120 years ago already, we operated the first tramways. Now we're really pleased to take on the 'new' electric future together with ZVB.”

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