While most manufacturers are focused on building pure electric vehicles for individual use, Mecedes-Benz is also working on electric commercial vehicle. In fact, the Stuttgart-based automaker has recently revealed their all-elecric city bus, the eCitaro.
Based on Mercedes-Benz's highly popular Citaro bus, the eCitaro uses the same chassis as its internal-combustion engined sibling. It does however, sport a slight redesigned body to give the body a more updated look and to fit the equipment a pure electric bus would need. Up front, there is a larger three-pointed star which is flanked by silver trim, similar to the brand's grill design. Above, there is a roof-edge ridge which covers the new roof-mounted equipment. The rest of the body has been carried over from the standard Citaro.
Underneath the eCitaro, it runs a variant of the electric portal axle ZF AVE 130 with electric motors located at the wheel hubs. Peak output is rated at 335 PS while torque is at 970 Nm. Lithium ion-batteries, split into mulitple modules, provide a total power of 243 kWh. Depening on customer requirements, an additional two or four battery modules can be mounted on the roof.
To charge Mercedes' pure electric bus, it uses a standard Combo-2 plug. Mercedes-Benz did mention however, that they will offer an option to charge the bus via a pantograph in the near future.
Customers can have various specification of the eCitaro depending on their needs. In the maximum configuration of ten battery modules, the eCitaro weighs 13.44 tonnes in standard specification. That said, it can have a maximum payload of around 88 passengers, depending on configuration.
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro will make its public debut this September at the IAA. Daimler has also already received an order for 20 buses.